Efficacy of intravenous lidocaine for postoperative analgesia following laparoscopic surgery: a meta-analysis. World J Surg 2015; 39: 2220-2234.

Published: 8th March 2016

Authors: Ventham NT, Kennedy ED, Brady RR, Paterson HM, Speake D, Foo I et al. et al.


Fourteen randomized trials of 742 procedures were included. The lidocaine gave a small but significant reduction in opiate requirement, nausea and vomiting, and improved pain scores for up to 24h. Duration of hospital stay was unaffected, and toxicity was rare.

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