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Does regional anaesthesia really improve outcome?

Abstract

In recent decades, a number of studies have attempted to determine whether regional anaesthesia offers convincing benefits over general anaesthesia. However, today we interpret meta-analyses more carefully, and it remains unclear whether regional anaesthesia reduces mortality. However, regional anaesthesia offers superior analgesia over opioid-based analgesia, and a significant reduction in postoperative pain is still a worthwhile outcome. Recent developments in technical aspects of regional anaesthesia have the potential to provide significant advantages for many patients in all age groups. Moreover, studies focusing on specific outcomes have shown benefits for regional anaesthesia used for surgery and postoperative analgesia.

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  • Authors

    Kettner SC, Willschke H, Marhofer P

    Institution

    Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna, Austria.

    Source

    British journal of anaesthesia 107 Suppl 1: 2011 Dec pg i90-5

    MeSH

    Anesthesia, Conduction
    Anesthesia, Epidural
    Anesthesia, General
    Anesthesia, Spinal
    Humans
    Nerve Block
    Pain, Postoperative
    Risk Factors
    Treatment Outcome

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22156274