Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2022; 26 (15): 5406-5412

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202208_29408

Does laparoscopic-guided transversus abdominis plane block have an effect on postoperative pain and recovery after sleeve gastrectomy?

G. Okut, E. Turgut, K. Kaplan, Y.M. Bag, S. Akbas, F. Sumer, C. Kayaalp

Gastroenterology Surgery Department, Bozyaka Research and Training Hospital, Izmir, Turkey. gokalp.okut@gmail.com


OBJECTIVE: Postoperative pain management is thought to have an effect on patient comfort, morbidity, and mortality after bariatric surgery. Local anesthetic agents are frequently used for this purpose. Local anesthetics can be used in many different ways. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect of transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block on postoperative pain by laparoscopic method.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective randomized clinical trial was performed. While TAP block was applied to one group with bupivacaine, no action was taken for the other group. Postoperative analgesia was given to both patient groups with the “patient-controlled analgesia (PCA)” device. Demographic, operational, and postoperative clinical and pain data of the patients were recorded.

RESULTS: TAP block and non-TAP block groups consisted of 30 patients each. Visual analog scale (VAS) scores of the patients at 6, 12, and 24 hours were lower in the TAP group compared to the non-TAP group (p=0.015, 0.018, 0.04, respectively). According to the PCA device data, the analgesic requirement was lower in the TAP group at 6, 12, and 24 hours (p <0.001). Rescue analgesia was required more in the non-TAP group (p=0.04). There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups in terms of gas discharge time (p=0.102), stool discharge occurred earlier in the TAP group (p=0.02). Oral intake times (p=0.554) and length of stay hospital (p=0.551) were similar.

CONCLUSIONS: Laparoscopic TAP block using bupivacaine can be safely administered in morbidly obese patients and reduces postoperative analgesic requirements. Thus, side effects that may develop secondary to the use of analgesics are avoided.

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G. Okut, E. Turgut, K. Kaplan, Y.M. Bag, S. Akbas, F. Sumer, C. Kayaalp
Does laparoscopic-guided transversus abdominis plane block have an effect on postoperative pain and recovery after sleeve gastrectomy?

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2022
Vol. 26 - N. 15
Pages: 5406-5412
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202208_29408