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With this research the investigators hope to determine the lowest dose of ropivacaine used in transversus abdominis plane (TAP) blocks that can effectively treat pain in women after cesarean section (c-section).


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With this research the investigators hope to determine the lowest dose of ropivacaine used in transversus abdominis plane (TAP) blocks that can effectively treat pain in women after cesarean section (c-section). The TAP is a space between the muscle layers of the abdominal wall that houses nerves supplying the abdominal skin. The investigators will inject the local anesthetic ropivacaine into this space to freeze these nerves and prevent pain following c-section. The investigators will compare three different doses of ropivacaine (0.5%, 0.25%, 0%) to determine the lowest dose that controls pain with the fewest side effects. Participants in this study will receive 0.5% (Group 1), 0.25% (Group 2), or 0% (Group 3) ropivacaine TAP blocks to control pain after c-section. At 2, 6, 12, 24, and 48 hours after cesarean section visual analog pain scores (VAS) for pain on movement, pain at rest, and pain with cough will be collected along with the time to first postoperative analgesic request, patient satisfaction scores, and patient demographics. The analgesic regimen will be considered effective if it provides lower average visual analog scores for pain with movement. Secondary outcomes will be higher patient satisfaction, better pain control, fewer postoperative analgesic requests, and fewer side effects. ;


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NCT number NCT02893423
Study type Interventional
Source Maimonides Medical Center
Contact KALPANA TYAGARAJ, MD
Phone 718-283-1753
Email ktyagaraj@maimonidesmed.org
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date January 2013
Completion date December 2018

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