Does regional anaesthesia really improve outcome?
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.
Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna, Austria.
SourceBritish journal of anaesthesia 107 Suppl 1: 2011 Dec pg i90-5
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't