Clinical Trial of the Use of Intraperitoneal Local Anaesthetic

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Nawar Alkhamesi, Imperial College London Identifier:
First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: August 12, 2015
Last verified: August 2015

Patients undergoing keyhole gall bladder removal will be divided into 3 groups, one control, one will have local anaesthetic and the third will have normal saline nebulised into their abdomen before closure of the wounds to reduce postoperative pain. These medications will be given on top of the standard pain management protocol.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pain, Postoperative
Drug: Nebulised Bupivacaine intraperitoneally
Drug: Normal Saline
Drug: Injected Bupivacaine intraperitoneally
Other: No Intraperitoneal Therapeutics
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prospective Double Blind Randomized Controlled Trial of the Use of Intraperitoneal Nebulised Local Anaesthetic

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Further study details as provided by Imperial College London:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction in Postoperative Pain [ Time Frame: 0 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Postoperative pain was measured using Pain scale 0-10 (0 = No Pain, 10 = Maximum pain). A trained nursing staff will ask the patient about his / her pain and document that correctly in the chart. The staff will also document if the patient requires any analgesia, the type and the dose.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Vomiting / Nausea Episodes [ Time Frame: 24 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Nausea and vomiting are known adverse effect of opioids usage. By reducing the use of opioids we can reduce or abolish these side effect which will enhance early patient recovery and discharge and reduce hospital cost. We will measure the number of episodes when the patient suffers from these side effect and correlate them with opioids use.

  • Hours Needed for Safe Mobilization [ Time Frame: 24 Hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Drowsiness and delayed mobilization are known adverse effect of opioids usage. By reducing the use of opioids we can reduce or abolish these side effect which will enhance early patient recovery and discharge and reduce hospital cost. We will measure how many hours will take the patient to mobilize freely and safely and correlate them with opioids use.

  • Postoperative Morphine Use [ Time Frame: 24 Hoiurs ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The reduction in cost comes from reducing the use of opioid which requires nursing supervision and also special pump to be delivered as in the cases of patient controlled analgesia. With that reduction, there will be a reduction in opioid related adverse events that mandate medical or nursing attention and prolong hospitalization, these adverse events include nausea and vomiting, delay mobilization due to drowsiness and alter mental status caused by opioid usage. For these reasons we are collecting data related to these adverse events

Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: October 2004
Study Completion Date: September 2005
Primary Completion Date: September 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Sham Comparator: Control
No intraperitoneal therapeutics (No nebulised Bupivacaine)
Other: No Intraperitoneal Therapeutics
No Intraperitoneal Therapeutics given
Placebo Comparator: IP Aerosolized Normal Saline
Intraperitoneal nebulised 10mls. Normal Saline (No nebulised Bupivacaine)
Drug: Normal Saline
Nebulised Normal Saline
Other Name: 0.9 % Normal Saline
Experimental: Nebulised Bupivacaine intraperitoneally
Intraperitoneal Nebulised 10mls. Bupivacaione (Marcaine)
Drug: Nebulised Bupivacaine intraperitoneally
Nebulised Marcaine (Bupivacaine)
Other Name: Marcaine
Active Comparator: Injected Bupivacaine intraperitoneally
Intraperitoeal Injected 10 mls.Bupivacaine (Marcaine) (No nebulised Bupivacaine)
Drug: Injected Bupivacaine intraperitoneally
Injected Marcaine directly into the peritoneal cavity
Other Name: Marcaine

Detailed Description:

Pain post laparoscopic procedures can be divided into access related, operation site and distension related. The access type can be attenuated by the use of sub dermal infiltration of local anaesthetic and rarely causes significant discomfort. It has been advocated that placement of a peritoneal gas drain significantly reduces postoperative pain particularly referred to the shoulder tip. Realistically, however, if attention is paid to expelling the residual gas at the end of the procedure this complication is rarely problematic. Operative site pain however is more difficult to manage. In limited gynaecological procedures it has been shown that local installation of local anaesthetic decreased the analgesic requirement of patients post operatively. These observations would not be as transferable to more extensive colorectal or solid organ surgery as the amount of local anaesthesia required would be toxic to the patient. Use of the nebuliser, however maybe able to alleviate pain by efficiently using the dosage required.

This is a prospective randomised double blind trial. Sixty patients will be allocated randomly between three groups, 20 patients in each group:

  1. Control group
  2. Nebulised intraperitoneal local anaesthetic (Bupivacaine 0.25%, 3mg/Kg)
  3. Nebulised intraperitoneal normal saline Ward staff will be blinded to which group the patients are in. All patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy who have given written, informed consent are eligible for inclusion. Patients with local anaesthetics allergy and patients whom pain evaluation is considered unreliable due to chronic opiate use or neurological diseases are excluded.

No pre-medication is to be given and a standardised anaesthetic technique is to be employed for all patients.

Standard 4 ports technique for laparoscopic cholecystectomy will be used with intraperitoneal pressure between 12-14 mmHg. This will be achieved using CO2 as the insufflation gas.

The local anaesthetic (approximately 10mls) will be delivered via a fine sterile catheter that will be inserted via the epigastric port under direct vision at the end of the procedure. Afterward the pneumoperitoneum will be deflated and the wound will be closed and subcutaneous local anaesthetic will be injected in and around the wounds.

Postoperatively, all the patients will have PCA as the main analgesia supported by NSAIDs unless contraindicated. Patients will eat and drink as desired and drips will be taken as soon as it is safe to do so.

Postoperative pain scoring will be stared in recovery and continue on the wards using the visual analogue scale.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All they patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy will be included.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with local anaesthetic allergy, patients on chronic opiate medication or those with neurological diseases that make pain evaluation unreliable will be excluded.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00180687

United Kingdom
St. Mary's Hospital
London, United Kingdom, W2 1NY
Sponsors and Collaborators
Imperial College London
Principal Investigator: Nawar A Alkhamesi, MD, PhD Imperial College London
  More Information

Responsible Party: Nawar Alkhamesi, Clinical Research Fellow, Imperial College London Identifier: NCT00180687     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 02.CD/218E, Dr. David Peck, Prof. Sir Ara Darzi
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Results First Received: June 9, 2015
Last Updated: August 12, 2015
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Imperial College London:
Local Anaesthetic

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Pathologic Processes
Postoperative Complications
Signs and Symptoms
Anesthetics, Local
Coal Tar
Central Nervous System Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Dermatologic Agents
Keratolytic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on October 09, 2015