What are the benefits of continuous infusion of a local anesthetic following modified radical mastectomy?

Updated: Jun 18, 2021
  • Author: Nafisa K Kuwajerwala, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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A study by Ferreira Laso et al indicated that continuous infusion of local anesthetic following modified radical mastectomy results in decreased pain and reduced analgesic use but has no impact on rates of nausea and vomiting. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involved 73 women who underwent modified radical mastectomy, including 34 who received levobupivacaine for 48 hours postoperatively through a wound catheter and 39 who received a placebo (saline). [19]


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