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guideline 2.225 : Subpleural catheter insertion and continous paravertebral nerve block for pain from VATS

Surgical pain following thoracotomy or VATS is a major contributing factor for postoperative morbidity and mortality. Additionally, up to 60% of thoracotomy procedures can lead to persistent post-operative pain syndromes that can be debilitating in up to 5% of patients. Patients undergoing these procedures often have little reserve to tolerate the adverse effects from the complications of poor pain management. This procedure will be utilized to reduce perioperative morbidity, shorten hospitalization times, and improve patient satisfaction and lower cost associated with thoracotomy or VATS procedures.

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  1. effective date:

    10/01/2014
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