• Can J Anaesth · Jul 2014

    Randomized Controlled Trial

    Transversus abdominis plane block does not improve early or late pain outcomes after Cesarean delivery: a randomized controlled trial.

    Transversus abdominis plane block does not improve post-caesarean analgesia in women receiving regional anaesthesia with intrathecal morphine.

    • Dolores M McKeen, Ronald B George, John Colin Boyd, Victoria M Allen, and Aaron Pink.
    • Department of Women's & Obstetric Anesthesia, Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre, 5850/5980 University Avenue, P.O. Box 9700, Halifax, NS, B3K 6R8, Canada, dolores.mckeen@iwk.nshealth.ca.
    • Can J Anaesth. 2014 Jul 1;61(7):631-40.

    ObjectivesCesarean delivery is a common surgical procedure with anticipated substantial postoperative pain. The addition of a transversus abdominis plane block (TAPB) to a multimodal analgesic regimen that includes intrathecal morphine may provide improved early pain outcomes and decrease the risk of chronic post-surgical pain. The purpose of this research was to assess the ability of an ultrasound-guided TAPB with low-dose ropivacaine to decrease early postoperative pain, opioid consumption, and risk of developing persistent pain when compared with a placebo block.MethodsEighty-three women were randomly assigned to either a treatment (0.25% ropivacaine) or control group (0.9% saline) in this double-blind trial, and 74 women were included in the final analysis. Ultrasound-guided TAPBs were performed with an injection of 20 mL of study solution per side. The primary outcome measures of this study were: pain at rest and pain after movement measured with a numeric rating scale, results of the Quality of Recovery-40 (QoR-40) questionnaire, and opioid consumption at 24 hr. These were used with an a priori sample size calculation to detect a 30% reduction in pain scores, a 10% improvement in QoR-40 score, and a 50% reduction in opioid consumption. Health quality and physical functioning were assessed using the Short Form 36 (SF-36®) Health Survey at 30 days and six months.ResultsAssessment at 24 hr after Cesarean delivery revealed no clinically important differences between groups in postoperative pain, QoR-40, or opioid consumption. There were no clinically important differences between groups regarding measures of nausea, pruritus, vomiting, urine retention (2, 24, and 48 hr postoperatively), 24-hr QoR-40 sub-dimensions, or the SF-36 Health Survey (30 days and six months postoperatively).ConclusionsUltrasound-guided TAPB did not improve postoperative pain, quality of recovery, or opioid consumption 24 hr following surgery. Similar health and functioning (SF-36) at 30 days and six months were reported by both groups. This trial was registered at ClinicalTrials.gov number: NCT01261637.

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    This article appears in the collections: The quadratus lumborum block for Caesarean section and How effective is the Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block?.



    Transversus abdominis plane block does not improve post-caesarean analgesia in women receiving regional anaesthesia with intrathecal morphine.

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