Perioperative pain control in gastrointestinal surgery

Lee Hingula, Benjamin Maslin, Sirisha Rao, Stephanie Wood, Kurt Roberts, Gopal Kodumudi, Erika Schermer, Nalini Vadivelu

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Perioperative pain control in the setting of gastrointestinal surgery presents unique challenges for the clinician, including the incidence of ileus and its potential exacerbation by analgesics, large incisions, patient characteristics and a wide variety of other factors. At the same time, optimizing postoperative pain control is of key significance in this patient population and has implications for both medical and surgical outcomes, length of hospital stay and associated costs and risks of developing chronic postsurgical pain. Data from recent clinical trials and other studies have highlighted the impact of specific surgical and anesthetic techniques on post-operative pain for several types of abdominal surgeries, including pancreatoduodenectomy, hepatectomy, gastric bypass, cholecystectomy, colectomy, and appendectomy. The management of pain may be optimized through the multidisciplinary and concerted efforts between clinicians involved in the perioperative care of patients undergoing gastrointestinal surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalMiddle East Journal of Anesthesiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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