Purpose: To determine the effectiveness of perioperative local anesthesia in tonsillectomy patients. Design: Two-group prospective, blinded, randomized study. Patients in one group received a local infiltration of 10 mL 0.5% bupivacaine solution, and in the other group they were infiltrated with 10 mL of normal saline. Results: Thirty-four adults agreed to participate in the study over a 2-year period, with 20 patients returning completed questionnaire forms. Regarding pain intensity over a 10-day period, oral analgesic use after surgery, and oral intake after surgery, there were no differences between the two groups, with P values of .25, .32, and .34, respectively. Conclusion: The effect of perioperative local marcain infiltration in tonsillectomy patients was similar to placebo.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|
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