Rev Bras Anestesiol. 2017 Apr 14
The majority of women having planned cesarean section receive spinal anesthesia for the procedure. Typically, spinal opioids are administered during the same time as a component of multimodal analgesia to provide pain relief in the 16–24 h period postoperatively. The quadratus lumborum block is a regional analgesic technique that blocks T5‐L1 nerve branches and has an evolving role in postoperative analgesia for lower abdominal surgeries and may be a potential alternative to spinal opioids. If found effective, it will have the advantage of a reduction in opioid associated adverse effects while providing similar quality of analgesia.
We performed bilateral quadratus lumborum block in 3 women who received a spinal anesthetic for a cesarean delivery and evaluated their post‐operative opioid consumption and patient satisfaction.
In all 3 patients, there was no additional opioid consumption during the first 24 h after the block. Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) for pain was less than 6 for the first 24 h. Women were all very satisfied with the quality of pain relief.
Quadratus lumborum block may be a promising anesthetic adjuvant for post‐cesarean analgesia. Further randomized controlled trials are needed to compare the efficacy of the quadratus lumborum block with intrathecal opioids.
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