Researchers conducted a retrospective review of 244 adolescent patients who underwent surgery for idiopathic scoliosis. There were 129 patients who received continuous bupivacaine through a catheter and 115 who did not.
Significantly fewer (32.6 percent) of the patients in the bupivacaine group required continuous basal infusion of morphine than the control group (85.2 percent). The overall pain scores were low in both groups, and the depth of the bupivacaine catheter did not impact the postoperative opioid use.
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Study: Bupivacaine Can Reduce Postoperative Morphine for Scoliosis Surgery PatientsWritten by Laura Miller | August 15, 2011
Continuous infusion of bupivacaine is a good analgesia for patients undergoing posterior surgical correction for scoliosis and may reduce the amount of postoperative morphine the patient needs, according to a study published in Spine.
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