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2022 Mar 11

J Card Surg

Chronic postsurgical pain and quality of life after right minithoracotomy mitral valve operations.


Toscano A, Barbero C, Capuano P, Costamagna A, Pocar M, Trompeo A, Pasero D, Rinaldi M, Brazzi L
J Card Surg. 2022 Mar 11.
PMID: 35274774.


Chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP) is a relatively common complication after cardio-thoracic operations with well-known consequences in terms of return to normal activities and quality of life. Little is known about the prevalence and severity of CPSP after minimally invasive cardiac surgery. The aim of this study was to measure the rate of CPSP in patients undergoing right minithoracotomy mitral valve (MV) surgery and to compare the effectiveness of different approaches to pain control.