Continuous paravertebral block using a thoracoscopic catheter-insertion technique for postoperative pain after thoracotomy: a retrospective case-control study. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery volume 12, Article number: 5 (2017)
To place the PV catheter at the T4-5 level, the authors used an in-plane transverse technique under ultrasound guidance, with the probe in a transverse orientation. After identifying the anatomic landmarks on ultrasound, a 17-gauge Tuohy needle was advanced in a lateral to medial direction, until the tip was beneath the transverse process. For all recipients in the study, the authors further confirmed correct PV catheter placement with real-time infusion of a local anesthetic (1-3 mL of 1.5% lidocaine with epinephrine 1:200,000); they were able to visualize on ultrasound the spread from the tip of the catheter.
Once it was confirmed that the tip remained in position, the PV catheter was secured with skin glue (Dermabond®, Ethicon, Inc.; Somerville, NJ). Next, at the PV catheter insertion site, the authors placed an occlusive dressing on a chlorhexidine-impregnated sponge (BioPatch®, Johnson & Johnson Wound Management, a division of Ethicon, Inc.; Somerville, NJ). The PV catheter was connected to an elastomeric pump (ON-Q®, Halyard Health, Alpharetta, GA), an infusion of 0.2% ropivacaine was started at a rate of 0.2 to 0.25 mL/kg/h; the maximum dose was 7 mL/h per side in bilateral lung transplant recipients and 14 mL/h in unilateral single-lung transplant recipients.
Under sterile conditions and while patients still were in the lateral position with the diseased side up, a linear ultrasound transducer (10-12 MHz) was placed in a sagittal plane over the midclavicular region of the thoracic cage. Then the ribs were counted down until the fifth rib was identified in the midaxillary line (Fig 1).18 The following muscles were identified overlying the fifth rib: the latissimus dorsi (superficial and posterior), teres major (superior), and serratus muscles (deep and inferior). The needle (a 22-gauge, 50-mm Touhy needle) was introduced in plane with respect to the ultrasound probe, targeting the plane superficial to the serratus anterior muscle (Fig 2). Under continuous ultrasound guidance, 30 mL of 0.25% levobupivacaine was injected, and then a catheter was threaded. A continuous infusion of 5 mL/hour of 0.125% levobupivacaine then was started through the catheter.
Effect of Continuous Paravertebral Dexmedetomidine Administration on Intraoperative Anesthetic Drug Requirement and Post-Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome After Thoracotomy: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JCVA February 2017. Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 159–165.
After speaking to a colleague of mine regarding regional anesthesia for thoracotomy and mastectomy, I am reading up on Erector Spinae Plane (ESP) block.
- Rib fractures
- Continuous Erector Spinae Plane Block for Rescue Analgesia in Thoracotomy After Epidural Failure: A Case Report. A & A Case Reports. 8(10):254–256, MAY 2017.
- The Erector Spinae Plane Block: A Novel Analgesic Technique in Thoracic Neuropathic Pain. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Volume 41, Number 5, September-October 2016.
- The Ultrasound-Guided Continuous Erector Spinae Plane Block for Postoperative Analgesia in Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Lobectomy. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: July/August 2017 – Volume 42 – Issue 4 – p 537.
Erector spinae plane block as an alternative to epidural analgesia for post-operative analgesia following video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery: A case study and a literature review on the spread of local anaesthetic in the erector spinae plane. Indian J Anaesth. 2018 Jan; 62(1): 75–78.
- Mastectomy/Breast reconstruction
- Abdominal surgery
- Continuous Erector Spinae Plane (ESP) Analgesia In Different Open Abdominal Surgical Procedures: A Case Series. Journal of Anesthesia and Surgery. https://doi.org/10.15436/2377-1364.18.1853.
Bilateral Continuous Erector Spinae Plane Block Contributes to Effective Postoperative Analgesia After Major Open Abdominal Surgery: A Case Report. A&A Practice: December 1, 2017 – Volume 9 – Issue 11 – p 319–321
- Cardiac surgery
- Continuous Erector Spinae Plane (ESP) Block for Postoperative Analgesia after Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery. October 2018Volume 32, Issue 5, Pages 2271–2274.
- Comparison of continuous thoracic epidural analgesia with bilateral erector spinae plane block for perioperative pain management in cardiac surgery. Ann Card Anaesth 2018;21:323-7.
Continuous ESP block catheter (my current regimen and what I’m able to get at my institution):
- Braun Periflex catheter through 17g epidural needle
- Cranial-to-caudal approach @ T5 (mastectomy, vats, rib fractures)
- 20ml 0.25% bupi + epi prior to catheter
- Catheter 5cm in space
- 5 ml 0.25% bupi + epi after catheter placed
- Mix: 0.125% bupi + fentanyl @ 10 ml/hr
- If PCEA available, bolus 15ml every 3 hours; continuous as mix above.
- BJA 2010 – Efficacy and Safety of Paravertebral Blocks in Breast Surgery: a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials
- BJA 2010 – Effect of Anesthetic Technique and Other Perioperative Factors on Cancer Reccurence
- Anesthesiology 2006 – Can anesthetic technique for primary breast cancer surgery affect recurrence or metastasis?
- BJA 2012 – Can anesthetic and analgesic techniques affect cancer recurrence and risk?
- ASA: Paravertebral Block Ups Breast Cancer Surgery Outcomes
- Anesthesiology News – Paravertebral Blocks: The Evolution of a Standard of Care
- YouTube Ultrasound-Guided Paravertebral Block
- NYSORA – Paravertebral Block: Landmark Technique
- Paravertebral Block Landmark Technique
- NYSORA – Paravetebral Block: Ultrasound-Guided Technique
But wait… what about the potential side effects/adverse events from a paravertebral block?
Why not do a TIVA with propofol and dexmetetomedine and local anesthesia via surgeon? Where’s that study to compare?
Prolonging blockade with adjuvants:
- IOSR J of Dental and Medical Sci; Dec 2015. Comparative study of bupiv with dexamethasone and bupi with clonidine through single space PVB for post op analgesia in thoracic and abdominal surgeries.
- 0.125% Bupiv + clonidine (1mcg/kg) vs 0.125% bupiv + dexamethasone (4mg): greater duration of analgesia in the dexamethasone group.