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2022 Jan

J Thorac Dis



Intercostal nerve blockade with liposomal bupivacaine reduces length of stay after video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy.


Banks K, Ely S, Hsu DS, Dominguez DA, Gologorsky RC, Wei J, Maxim C, Ashiku SK, Patel AR, Velotta JB
J Thorac Dis. 2022 Jan; 14(1):18-25.
PMID: 35242364.


Intercostal nerve blockade (INB) for thoracic surgery analgesia has gained popularity in practice, but evidence demonstrating its efficacy remains sparse and inconsistent. We investigated the effect of INB with standard bupivacaine (SB) with epinephrine versus liposomal bupivacaine (LB) versus a mixed solution of the two on postoperative pain control and outcomes in video assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy patients.