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TAP vs Local Anesthetic for Lap Appendectomies

Purpose of study:

The purpose of this study is to prospectively compare post-operative pain relief in pediatric patients undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy who have received either a transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block or local anesthetic infiltration by the surgeon for analgesia.

Who can participate:

Inclusion criteria:

  • ASA physical status I or II
  • Weight less than or equal to 60 kg
  • Presenting for laparoscopic appendectomy

What will happen during the study:

We will compare the pain management of a child undergoing laparascopic appendectomy by using a transverse abdominis plane block which is local anesthetic injected by the anesthesiologist using an ultrasound machine versus a surgeon injecting local anesthetic at the site of incision.

Who to contact:

Department of Anesthesiology

NDiris Barry (SAM)

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000