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Papers: 30 Jul 2022 - 5 Aug 2022

Pharmacology/Drug Development

2022 Aug

Pain Physician



Comparison of Analgesic Effects of Different Regional Blocks in Video-assisted Thoracic and Breast Surgeries: A Network Meta-analysis and Systematic Review.


Postoperative pain management in breast surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgeries (VATS) remains challenging. Oral or intravenous infusion of opioids were early treatments, but they can result in gastrointestinal reactions, respiratory inhibition, and other adverse reactions. In recent years, various regional block techniques have been employed for postoperative analgesia of these surgeries. However, a pair-wise meta-analysis cannot comprehensively rank and evaluate the analgesic effects and adverse events of various regional blocks.