Theis Muncholm Thillemann

Local Anesthesia Combined With Sedation Compared With General Anesthesia for Ambulatory Operative Hysteroscopy: A Randomized Study

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PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare two anesthetic techniques for postoperative pain after ambulatory operative hysteroscopy.

DESIGN: A randomized trial.

METHODS: Women (N = 153) scheduled for ambulatory operative hysteroscopy were assigned to receive either paracervical local anesthesia combined with sedation (group LA + S; n = 76) or general anesthesia (group GA; n = 77). Primary outcome was the worst pain intensity score in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) rated by the patients on a numerical rating scale.

FINDING: Data from 144 patients were available for analysis (LA + S: n = 69; GA: n = 75). There were no significant differences in worst pain intensity between groups in the PACU (P = .13) or after discharge from PACU (P = .40). In group LA + S, fewer patients received treatment with intravenous fentanyl intraoperatively (P < .01) and time until discharge from PACU was shorter (P < .01). More patients in group LA + S experienced vomiting after discharge (P < .05).

CONCLUSIONS: Local anesthesia with sedation can be recommended as a first choice anesthetic technique for operative ambulatory hysteroscopy.

TidsskriftJournal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing
Sider (fra-til)309-16
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2016

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