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Mermer A, Simsek G, Mermer HA, Tire Y, Kozanhan B: Effect of sacral erector spinae plane block on post-hemorrhoidectomy pain: A randomized controlled trial. Medicine (Baltimore) 2023; 102: e35168

September 16, 2023

Hemorrhoidectomy is a common surgical procedure associated with significant postoperative pain. The conventional analgesic methods used for hemorrhoidectomy often have adverse effects and may not provide adequate pain relief. The sacral erector spinae plane block (ESPB) is a newly introduced technique that has shown promise in various surgical procedures. This prospective, randomized, controlled trial aimed to evaluate the analgesic effects of sacral ESPB following hemorrhoidectomy.
Seventy patients undergoing hemorrhoidectomy were divided into 2 groups: the control group and the sacral ESPB group. Bilateral sacral ESPB was performed in the sacral ESPB group, whereas no intervention was performed in the control group. The numeric rating scale at rest and during the active period (mobilizing) was used as the primary outcome measure. Secondary outcome measures were the cumulative doses of tramadol, the number of patients who required rescue analgesia postoperatively, and quality of recovery-15 Turkish version patient recovery quality.
The sacral ESPB group had significantly low numeric rating scale scores at various time points (P < .05). More patients in the control group needed rescue analgesia during the postoperative period (P < .001). The dosages of tramadol consumption after the first 24 hours postoperatively were significantly lower in the sacral ESPB group compared with the control group (P < .001). Furthermore, quality of recovery-15 Turkish version scores were high in the sacral ESPB group (P < .001). Conclusion:
The results suggest that sacral ESPB is an effective method for post-hemorrhoidectomy pain management, reducing the need for additional analgesics and improving patient recovery.
ASA = American Society of Anesthesiologists, ESPB = erector spinae plane block, IQR = interquartile range, NRS = numeric rating scale, NSAIDs = nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, QoR-15T = quality of recovery-15 Turkish version.
hemorrhoidectomy, numeric rating scale, QoR-15T patient recovery quality, sacral erector spinae plane block.