Ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane block: A technically easier analgesic option in obese compared to epidural

Souvik Chaudhuri, Sham Sunder Goyal
Anesthesia, Essays and Researches 2012, 6 (2): 226-8
Ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block is an extremely attractive alternative to the technically difficult epidural in obese patients. It provides adequate perioperative analgesia and reduces the opioid requirement. The use of ultrasound has enhanced the accuracy of local anaesthetic deposition in the plane between internal oblique and transversus abdominis, thereby blocking the spinal nerves more effectively and hence enhancing the efficacy of analgesia. We present a case of 65-year-old male patient weighing 96 kg who underwent umbilical hernia repair and had adequate perioperative pain relief after the ultrasound-guided TAP block. Epidural analgesia planned for him was abandoned after we faced technical difficulty in securing the epidural, but the TAP block administered under ultrasound guidance ensured adequate pain relief perioperatively.

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