A randomized controlled trial of postoperative thoracic epidural analgesia versus intravenous patient-controlled analgesia after major hepatopancreatobiliary surgery. Ann Surg 2017; 266: 545-554.

Published: 15th December 2017

Authors: Aloia T, Kim BJ, Segraves-Chun Y-S, Cata JP, Truty MJ, Shi Q et al.


Severe postoperative pain was reduced by 35 per cent with the epidural in this study that included 140 patients. Return to theatre, duration of hospital stay and readmission rates were similar in both groups.

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