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2022 Nov 21


Preoperative ultrasound-guided bilateral thoracic erector spinae plane block within an enhanced recovery program is associated with decreased intraoperative lactate levels in cardiac surgery.


In the perioperative period, regional analgesia techniques may play an increasingly important role in "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)" programs, as they can facilitate recovery. We hypothesized that Erector Spinae Plane (ESP) block could improve regional perfusion, thereby limiting blood lactate increase. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the effect of ESP block on intraoperative blood lactate levels in patients scheduled for elective on-pump cardiac surgery with ERAS protocol.