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Efficacy of ultrasound-guided modified thoracolumbar interfascial plane block for postoperative analgesia after spinal surgery: a randomized-controlled trial

  • Ali Ahiskalioglu
  • Ahmet Murat Yayik
  • Omer Doymus
  • Kubra Selvitopi
  • Elif Oral Ahiskalioglu
  • Cagatay Calikoglu
  • Haci Ahmet Alici
  • Omer Karaca
Correspondence

To the Editor,

Surgery of the lumbar spine is characterized by diffuse and severe postoperative pain. 1 Pre/postoperative oral opioids, gabapentinoids, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, and intraoperative ketamine are frequently included in multimodal analgesia for spinal surgery, while regional anesthetic techniques such as neuraxial anesthesia, paravertebral blocks, and local anesthetic infiltration of the wound are less frequently used. 2 Interfascial plane blocks have the potential to provide long-lasting postoperative analgesia and reduce opioid consumption while minimizing the motor block associated with neuraxial and plexus blocks. 3

Notes

Conflicts of interest

None declared.

Presentation

Preliminary results of this study were presented at the 42nd ASRA meeting in San Francisco.

Trial registration

www.clinicaltrials.gov (NCT03079076). Registered 6 March 2017.

Editorial responsibility

This submission was handled by Dr. Gregory L. Bryson, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

Funding

None.

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© Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesiology and ReanimationAtaturk University School of MedicineErzurumTurkey
  2. 2.Department of AnaesthesiologyRegional Training and Research HospitalErzurumTurkey
  3. 3.Department of NeurosurgeryAtaturk University School of MedicineErzurumTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Anaesthesiology and ReanimationBaskent University School of MedicineKonyaTurkey

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