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The rationale behind this RCT is to assess within 24 hours after surgery the quality of recovery of prostatectomy patients treated with 3 different analgesia concepts (intraoperative spinal analgesia, transversus abdominis plane block, intravenous lidocaine administration) using the quality of recovery (QoR) 15 questionnaire.


Clinical Trial Description

Prostatectomy (open or robotic assisted) is a major urological surgery, which is associated with relevant acute postoperative pain. Perioperative analgesic techniques aiming at optimizing postoperative analgesia have to be investigated. Optimal postoperative pain management is one of the key factors leading to enhanced recovery after surgery. Optimal analgesia should aim for optimized patient comfort, fast functional recovery with the fewest side effects thus encouraging the DREAMS concept (DRinking, EAting, Mobilizing and Sleeping).

The perioperative additional use of a spinal single shot analgesia, or a transversus abdominis plane block to general anaesthesia are validated options to enhance pain therapy compared to systemic analgesia alone. However, if the impact on pain scores has been described previously, the impact on the quality of recovery (QoR) is still unclear. Using the assessment of QoR allows for a much more objective and broader assessment of the quality of the postoperative treatment. Indeed, patient's perioperative experience cannot be only focused on pain scores but should involve items like physical independence, patient support, comfort, emotion. All these items are included in already validated QoR questionnaires like the QoR 15 or QoR 40.

The rationale behind this randomized, parallel group, single centre, interventional, active controlled trial is to assess with the QoR 15questionnaire within 24 hours after surgery the quality of recovery of prostatectomy patients treated with 3 different analgesia concepts. ;


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NCT number NCT03618693
Study type Interventional
Source University Hospital Inselspital, Berne
Contact Patrick Wüthrich, MD
Phone +41316322111
Email patrick.wuethrich@insel.ch
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date August 13, 2018
Completion date March 1, 2021

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