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2022 Jul 14

Int J Spine Surg

Surgeon-Placed Erector Spinae Plane Catheters for Multilevel Lumbar Spine Fusion: Technique and Outcomes Compared With Single-Shot Blocks.


Oezel L, Hughes AP, Arzani A, Okano I, Amini D A, Moser M, Sama AA, Cammisa FP, Soffin EM
Int J Spine Surg. 2022 Jul 14.
PMID: 35835575.


Postoperative pain management of multilevel lumbar fusion remains challenging. There are few reports of opioid-sparing regional analgesia for spine surgery. We present a novel method for surgeon-placed erector spinae plane (ESP) catheters for multilevel lumbar spine fusion and compare pain- and opioid-related outcomes in a matched cohort who received anesthesiologist-placed ESP blocks.