Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management

Peer-review medical journal.

Editor-in-Chief

  • Aleksey M. Ovechkin, MD, Dr. Sci. (Med).
    SCOPUS Author ID: 7003507291

Journal founders

  • Izdatelstvo "Meditsyna"
  • Eco-Vector Publishing Group

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The Journal is intended for practicing anesthetists. The aims of the journal are:

  1. to disseminate information on the modern techniques of regional anesthesia and analgesia used in surgery, modern medications and treatment schemes used to alleviate postoperative pain and...
  2. to facilitate experience exchange among anesthetists from all over the World.

Types of accepted articles

  • reviews
  • systematic reviews and metaanalyses
  • original research
  • clinical case reports and series
  • letters to the editor
  • short communications
  • clinical practice guidelines

Publications

  • in English and Russian
  • quarterly, 4 issues per year
  • continuously in Online First
  • with NO Article Processing Charges (APC)
  • distribution in hybrid mode - by subscription and/or Open Access
    (OA articles with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0))

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  • Russian Science Electronic Library (eLibrary.ru)
  • Google Scholar
  • Ulrich's Periodicals directory
  • WorldCat
  • Crossref

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Vol 15, No 4 (2021)

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Original articles

Comparative analysis of monolateral and bilateral spinal anesthesia
Filimonov R.V., Gritsenko S.N., Filimonova I.V., Kobelyatskyy Y.Y.
Abstract

AIM: This study aimed to improve the treatment results of patients with diabetic foot syndrome by substantiating the optimal type of spinal anesthesia during foot surgery.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-four patients undergoing purulent surgery were examined and group as follows: Group 1 – patients operated on under monolateral (unilateral) spinal anesthesia and Group 2 – patients operated on under conditions of bilateral (traditional) spinal anesthesia.

RESEARCH METHODS: Assessment of the level and intensity of pain and the level of catecholamines in urine was conducted in the first postoperative day. Cardiovascular system indicators and the temperature of the skin of the leg during anesthesia were monitored, and the Doppler scanning of peripheral circulation in the foot was performed.

RESULTS: Pain sensitivity during lower limb movement was 20% less pronounced in group 1 than in group 2. A 4.4% decrease in heart rate, a 4.7% decrease in saturation level recorded 20 minutes after the onset of anesthesia, and a 9.8% decrease in mean arterial pressure were observed in group 2. In both groups, systolic blood pressure in the toe increased by 18% after anesthesia, and the temperature of the skin on the lateral surface of the leg increased by 3%. Adrenaline concentration in the daily portion of urine in group 2 was 34.4% higher than that in group 1 in the next postoperative day.

CONCLUSIONS: The general condition of patients during anesthesia was more stable in group 1 than in group 2. After anesthesia, improved peripheral hemodynamics in the operated limb was noted. Compared with traditional spinal anesthesia, monolateral spinal anesthesia has a positive effect on the stress response of the patient’s body to surgical intervention.

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. 2021;15(4):237-244
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Epidural blockade during liver transplantation
Zhikharev V.A., Bushuev A.S., Khasanov M.U., Koriachkin V.A., Porkhanov V.A.
Abstract

AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of epidural analgesia as a component of pain relief on orthotopic liver transplantation.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-five patients who underwent orthotopic liver transplantation were examined. Epidural and opioid analgesics were used as a component of pain relief in groups 1 (n=24) and 2 (n=21), respectively. The following parameters were evaluated: intensity of postoperative pain, time of patient activation, incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting, time of onset of enteral nutrition, restoration of bowel function, incidence of postoperative acute respiratory failure, need for opioid analgesics, and length of stay in the intensive care unit (ICU).

RESULTS: Pain intensity and total postoperative need for tramadol and promedol were significantly lower in group 1 than in group 2. During the postoperative period, group 1 showed a decrease in postoperative nausea and vomiting, incidence of postoperative respiratory failure, and time spent in the ICU. No complications with the insertion and removal of the epidural catheter were observed.

CONCLUSION: The use of epidural blockade for liver transplantation significantly reduces the severity of pain syndrome, accelerates the recovery of bowel function, and shortens the length of ICU stay. The use of EA reduces the risk of PONV during the use of opioid analgesics and causes an early start of enteral nutrition. Therefore, epidural analgesics can be used as a component of pain relief in patients undergoing orthotopic liver transplantation.

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. 2021;15(4):245-256
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Comparative evaluation of the use of femoral nerve block and adductor canal as a component of early patient activation after knee arthroplasty
Krylov S.V., Pasechnik I.N.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The number of surgical interventions for the knee joint increases annually due the increase in the total number of patients and the improvement of operation techniques. The provision of modern anesthesiology and intensive care is associated with a positive treatment outcome, which is based on adequate pain relief in the perioperative period, suppressed complications, and reduction in hospital stay. Regional analgesia is a modern and effective method of pain relief after knee surgery. However, the location of peripheral blockade may affect the timing of activation and rehabilitation in these patients.

AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the use of femoral nerve and adductor canal blockade in the framework of the accelerated recovery program after knee arthroplasty.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective, randomized, single-center study included 80 patients who underwent primary knee arthroplasty and were randomly assigned to two clinical groups. Group 1 (n=40) included patients who underwent femoral nerve blockade in the postoperative period, and group 2 (n=40) included patients who underwent adductor canal blockade in the postoperative period. In the postoperative period, the level of pain at rest and during movement was analyzed using a visual analog pain level scale after 6, 12, 24, and 48 hours. The amount of prescribed narcotic analgesic in the postoperative period was recorded, and the total distance that patients were able to walk after 6, 12, 24, and 48 hours was measured.

RESULTS: For the level of pain at rest and during movement, no significant differences at all time intervals were observed for both groups (p >0.05). No additional prescription of narcotic analgesics was required. Compared with group 1, group 2 covered a significantly greater distance in the first 24 after the operation. After 48 hours, no significant differences were found between the two groups (p >0.05).

CONCLUSIONS: Femoral nerve and adductor canal blockades provide an adequate level of analgesia after knee arthroplasty. In particular, adductor canal blockade significantly increase the distance of movement by patients in the first 24 hours after surgery.

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. 2021;15(4):257-265
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Modified technique for proximal subclavicular brachial plexus block: study on unfixed cadavers
Tsvetkov V.G., Lakhin R.E., Shchegolev A.V., Shustrov V.V., Tsygankov K.A.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The proximal subclavian brachial plexus block is performed deep and posterior to the midpoint of the clavicle. Only a few studies evaluated the spread of local anesthetic when using a proximal subclavian approach to the brachial plexus. We performed a cadaveric study to evaluate the spread of the injection after performing proximal subclavian brachial plexus block using ultrasound navigation.

AIM: To examine the spread of the stained solution in unfixed corpses, when it is administered using a modified technique of proximal subclavian access to the brachial plexus using ultrasound navigation.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six ultrasound-guided injections were performed on three unfixed cadavers using 20 ml of a colored solution. The brachial plexus and its branches were distinguished from the level of the midpoint of the clavicle to the upper third of the shoulder. The boundaries of ink distribution in relation to the bundles and terminal branches of the brachial plexus from the intersection of the upper edge of the clavicle to the upper parts of the axillary region were assessed.

RESULTS: In all cases of dye spread, the lateral, posterior, and medial bundles of the brachial plexus were stained. Terminal branch staining varied and was limited to the proximal portions of these nerves. The dye spread to the interstellar space in 2 (33%) out of 6 (100%) injections and to the level of the upper edge of the clavicle in 4 (67%) injections. The axillary and radial nerves were stained in all injections, and the ulnar nerve was stained in 4 (67%) of 6 (100%) injections. The musculocutaneous and median nerves were stained in only 2 (33%) of 6 (100%) injections. No phrenic nerve staining was observed in any case.

CONCLUSIONS: On the basis of experiment results on unfixed cadavers, injection using a modified ultrasound-guided proximal subclavian approach can fill the fascial sheath surrounding the brachial plexus with the injection material, thus causing the dye to spread around all bundles of the brachial plexus to supraclavicular space. Additional research is needed to assess whether high injection volumes or multiple injection sites can affect distribution.

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. 2021;15(4):267-276
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Opiode-saving anesthesia and analgesia as a component of ERAS in endoscopic adrenalectomy in obese patients
Neimark M.I., Kiselev R.V., Goncharov E.V.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Anesthetic management during interventions on the adrenal glands is quite complex. Difficulties in conducting anesthesia are often determined by concomitant obesity, which is associated with an increased sensitivity of the respiratory center to the action of opioids. This condition contributes to an increase in the frequency of respiratory and other disorders with the use of opioids.

AIM: This work aimed to study the influence of different variants of perioperative anesthesia and analgesia administered during retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy in obese patients during the perioperative period.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized study of 94 patients who underwent retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy for adrenal neoplasms was performed. Depending on the type of perioperative analgesia, the patients were divided into two groups. In group 1 (n=33), the operation was performed under combined anesthesia based on the low-flow desflurane inhalation; for perioperative analgesia, only systemic opioid administration was provided. In group 2 (n=30), the operation was performed under anesthesia based on low-flow desflurane inhalation in combination with the blockade of the fascial space of the erector muscle. In group 3 (n=31), the operation was performed under anesthesia based on desflurane in combination with drugs for non-opioid analgesia. critical incidents.

RESULTS: Surgical intervention of the wound under inhalation anesthesia with ESP blockade (ropivacaine) and a combination of drugs for non-opioid analgesia promotes faster post-anesthetic rehabilitation, effective postoperative analgesia, and fewer complications in the early postoperative period compared with anesthesia using systemic opioid analgesics. This effect contributed to significantly shorter hospitalization of 97 hours for group 2 (95% CI 85-102) (p=0,042) and 94 hours for group 3 (95% CI 82-101) (p=0,039) compared with the 126 hours for group 1 (95% CI 114-135).

CONCLUSIONS: Anesthesia based on desflurane in combination with ESP blockade and a multiple drugs for non-opioid anesthesia is an effective method that promotes fast post-anesthesia rehabilitation and shortens the hospitalization period for retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy for aldostectomy in the perioperative period.

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. 2021;15(4):277-286
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Optimization of anesthesiological support with the use of regional anesthesia in pediatric endorinolaryngology
Korobova L.S., Matinyan N.V., Lazarev V.V., Tsintsadze A.A., Merkulov O.A., Korolev V.A.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: According to world statistics, about 1–5% of all malignant tumors are localized in the nasal cavity and rhinopharynx. Endoscopic rhinolaryngosurgery is considered to be low-traumatic. Combining general anesthesia with regional anesthesia improves the quality of the operation and ensures the effectiveness and safety of surgical intervention. To optimize the anesthetic support for endoscopic pediatric rhinolaryngology, we proposed a method of combining bilateral cranial anesthesia with palatal access (or palatine) to guarantee perioperative analgesia and provide comfortable conditions for the surgeon (minimize bleeding). Comfortable conditions also imply a reduction in the intensity of postoperative pain. Pain syndrome after surgery is also associated with the use of a Merocel nasal tampon, which also results in reflexogenic reactions. Therefore, we proposed to perform infiltration anesthesia of the nose from three points according to Weissblatt immediately after surgery to reduce the manifestations of discomfort, pain syndrome, and reflex reactions from standing with a Merocel nasal tampon.

AIM: This study aimed to optimize the anesthetic provision with the use of regional anesthesia in pediatric endorinolaryngology.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: At the end of July 2021, two endoscopic rhinosinusosurgical interventions were performed at the N.N. Blokhin Research Institute of DO and G, which were of interest for the development of optimized anesthesia approach. Two patients of comparable age were treated in the 1st surgical department and underwent combined anesthesia with the use of wing anesthesia with palatal access. For postoperative anesthesia, one patient underwent infiltration anesthesia of the nose from three points according to Weissblatt, and the other underwent infraorbital anesthesia.

RESULTS: In both subjects, combined anesthesia with the use of regional anesthesia methods provided sufficient efficacy and safety; ensured the comfort of the surgeon’s work; and reduced the risk of trigeminocardial reflex, postoperative nausea, and vomiting and the concentrations of inhalation anesthetics to be applied. Therefore, the use of infiltration anesthesia of the nose from three points according to Weissblatt significantly improves the quality of life in the postoperative period and eases the discomfort from the Merocel nasal tampon.

CONCLUSIONS: The results elucidated the combination of preventive analgesia and multimodal anesthesia.

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. 2021;15(4):287-296
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Management of the pain in patients with osteogenesis imperfecta during operations on the lower limb
Evreinov V.V., Zhirova T.A.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The method of choice for anesthetic support of orthopedic interventions for hip deformities in children is a combination of inhalation and prolonged epidural analgesia. Nevertheless, no consensus was found in the medical community about the advisable usage of neuraxial blockades in patients with osteogenesis imperfect (OI) due to the risk of hemorrhagic complications, as well as increased intracranial pressure against the background of hydrocephalus, as a manifestation of a craniocervical junction anomaly.

AIM: To assess the efficacy and safety of prolonged epidural blockade as the main component of anesthesia and postoperative pain relief in children with OI during orthopedic correction of hip deformities.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis from 2018 to 2020 included 40 children who underwent orthopedic interventions on the lower extremities. Considering a similar concomitant neurological pathology (epilepsy and hydrocephalus) and severity of hip surgical interventions, 2 groups of 20 persons were formed: the main group had OI and the control group had cerebral palsy (CP). The hemodynamic parameters, perioperative need for analgesics, volume of external blood loss and need for blood transfusion, and structure of complications were evaluated.

RESULTS: Statistically significant differences were detected in hemodynamic parameters at the stage of tracheal intubation and the end of the surgery but without clinical significance, since they were within the acceptable physiological values. The recorded differences in the hemoglobin level of the capillary blood before the surgery are probably due to the initial hypovolemia and hemoconcentration in the CP group.

CONCLUSIONS: Prolonged epidural analgesia in children with OI during orthopedic correction of hip deformities is an effective and safe component of anesthesia and postoperative pain relief.

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. 2021;15(4):297-304
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Forum

Review on the monograph of Doctor of Medical Sciences Professor V.I. Strashnova «Development of the anesthesiology and intensive care at the Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University, Saint Petersburg, 2021
Nedashkovsky E.V.
Abstract

The monograph is devoted to the history of anesthesiology at the Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University. In the first chapter titled «The beginning of the epoch of anesthesia», the author emphasized the role of coryphaeus. Russian world surgeon and anesthesiologist, Nikolay I Pirogov, enumerated the merits of Vasily von Anrep, the first rector of the women’s medical institute who discovered the local anesthetic property of cocaine. The second chapter, «Development of anesthesia: from 1918 to 1950», shows the role of Professors V.A. Shaak, L.A. Andreev, K.K. Skrobansky, and A.A. Zykov. The third chapter, «Development of Anesthesiology: from 1945 till 1970», describes the beginning of the application of the apparatus method of general anesthesia and the first dissertations in anesthesiology. The fourth chapter, «Development of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care since 1971», describes the establishment of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care in 1974 and the results of its scientific work, particularly the role of epidural anesthesia in the anesthesiological support of lung surgery, the development of combined spinal–epidural anesthesia, and the establishment of a new direction - adrenergic analgesia. The fifth chapter, «Development of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care since 2001», includes data about monographs and is written by the department staff. The sixth chapter, «Development of Anesthesiology since 2013», shows the changes in the educational activities of the department and the challenges of providing emergency care to individuals with various qualifications. The monograph will be useful for students, clinical residents, practical physicians, and historians of medicine.

Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. 2021;15(4):305-309
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