Impact of regional analgesia techniques on the long-term clinical outcomes following thoracic surgery

Khidr A. M., Senturk M., El-Tahan M. R.

SAUDI JOURNAL OF ANAESTHESIA, vol.15, no.3, pp.335-340, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.4103/sja.sja_1178_20
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Arab World Research Source, EMBASE, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.335-340
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Continuous monitoring of clinical outcomes after thoracotomy is very important to improve medical services and to reduce complications. The use of regional analgesia techniques for thoracotomy offers several advantages in the perioperative period including effective pain control, reduced opioid consumption and associated side effects, enhanced recovery, and improved patient satisfaction. Postthoracotomy complications, such as chronic postthoracotomy pain syndrome, postthoracotomy ipsilateral shoulder pain, pulmonary complications, recurrence, and unplanned admission to the intensive care unit are frequent and may be associated with poor outcomes and mortality. The role of regional techniques to reduce the incidence of these complications is questionable. This narrative review aims to investigate the impact of regional analgesia on the long-term clinical outcomes after thoracotomy.