In this double-blind randomized controlled trial, 100 men undergoing RARP were randomized to local wound infiltration with 20ccs of 0.35% ropivicaine with or without TAP block performed with an additional 20ccs. A significant difference in favor of TAP block was noted in the coprimary endpoints of mean numerical rating pain scale (2.7vs1.8; p=0.04) and number of opioid pills consumed (8 vs 2; p=0.01) in the first 24 hours. Length of stay and use of bowel motility agents also favored the TAP block group (4.7 vs 4.2; p= 0.04 and 31 vs 12; p < 0.001 respectively). No adverse effects were noted. This is an exciting and potentially practice changing finding, pending a full description of the trial and block technique employed.
Authors: Giovanni E. Cacciamani, Nicola Menestrina, Marco Pirozzi, Paolo corsi, Davide De Marchi, Davide Inverardi, Tania Processali, Nicolo' Trabacchin, Mario de Michele, Alessandro Tafuri, Marco Sebben, Maria Angela Cerruto, Vincenzo De Marco, Filippo Migliorni, Antonio Benito Porcaro, Walter Artibani. Verona, Italy
Written by: Marshall Strother, MD, Chief Resident, Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA at the 2019 AUA Annual Meeting - May 3-6, 2019 - Chicago, IL
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