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2022 Sep 13

J Card Surg

Median sternotomy pain after cardiac surgery: To block, or not? A systematic review and meta-analysis.


King M, Stambulic T, Hassan S AM, Norman PA, Derry K, Payne DM, Diasty M E
J Card Surg. 2022 Sep 13.
PMID: 36098374.


Inadequate pain control after median sternotomy leads to reduced mobilization, increased respiratory complications, and longer hospital stays. Typically, postoperative pain is controlled by opioid analgesics that may have several adverse effects. Parasternal intercostal block (PSB) has emerged as part of a multimodal strategy to control pain after median sternotomy. However, the effectiveness of this intervention on postoperative pain control and analgesic use has not been fully established.