AUTHORS: Schipper I et al
Obesity Surgery June 2019
BACKGROUND Several studies have shown a reduction in postoperative pain and length of hospital stay when using intraperitoneal local anesthetics during laparoscopic surgery. In morbidly obese patients, respiratory depression due to opioid use is a serious side effect. Any different type of analgesia is therefore clinically relevant.
OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of intraperitoneal bupivacaine on postoperative pain after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB).
METHODS Between March and November 2017, 130 patients were included and randomly assigned to receive 20 ml or 0 ml of 2.5% bupivacaine hydrochloride sprayed onto the diaphragm. Pain scores for abdominal and shoulder pain were conducted using the visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain score at 0, 1, 6, and 24 h postoperatively. The length of hospital stay and use of analgesics was recorded in digital patient records. The primary outcome is the pain scores and the secondary outcomes are postoperative use of opioids or antiemetics and length of hospital stay.
RESULTS The study and control group contained respectively 66 and 61 patients. Patient characteristics were equal in both groups (p < 0.05), except for age. No significant reduction of postoperative pain or opioid use was seen with the use of intraperitoneal bupivacaine. There was also no significant reduction in the use of antiemetics and length of hospital stay.
CONCLUSION The use of intraperitoneal bupivacaine in LRYGB does not show a statistically significant reduction in postoperative pain or postoperative opioid use. Therefore, using intraperitoneal bupivacaine has no clinical relevance and should no longer be used in LRYGB.