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2022 Jul 30

Ultrasound J



Short communication: ultrasound-guided percutaneous cryoanalgesia of intercostal nerves for uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery.


Nicolás M, Acosta CM, Martinez Ferro M, Alesandrini A, Sullon S, Speroni FA, Tusman G
Ultrasound J. 2022 Jul 30; 14(1):33.
PMID: 35907076.


Pain after thoracic surgery impairs lung function and increases the rate of postoperative pulmonary complications. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous cryoanalgesia of intercostal nerves constitutes a valid option for adequate postoperative analgesia. A key issue for a successful cryoanalgesia is placing the cryoprobe tip close to the intercostal nerve. This report describes an ultrasound technique using a high-resolution ultrasound probe to accomplish this goal.