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Minerva Anestesiol. 2014 Nov;80(11):1228-33. Epub 2014 Feb 4.

Regional anesthesia and enhanced recovery after surgery.

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Department of Anesthesia, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada -


Regional anesthesia is associated with recognized physiological advantages; however trials evaluating its impact on postoperative outcomes have shown contrasting results, probably because these effects have not been utilized in a multimodal perioperative care program. Enhanced recovery has attracted clinical interest because of its standardized, coordinated, multidisciplinary perioperative care plan that incorporates several evidenced-based interventions with positive influence on postoperative patient recovery. A critical analysis of the published evidence is here presented in order to understand the role of regional anesthesia and analgesia as part of the multidisciplinary components of the enhanced recovery program. Clearly, there are synergistic benefits derived from integrating specific regional anesthetic and analgesic techniques with other perioperative elements characteristic of a particular surgical procedure. This challenge requires a team approach in delivering such integrated care, ultimately providing the best cure for patient.

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