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Transversus Abdominal Plane Block at Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Effect on Quality of Recovery (TAP)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sarah Kane, MetroHealth Medical Center Identifier:
First received: November 22, 2011
Last updated: October 23, 2012
Last verified: October 2012
The Transversus Abdominal Plane (TAP) block has been used with good success to decrease postoperative pain following laparatomy. If the TAP block provides any improvement in the quality of recovery following laparoscopic hysterectomy, it could decrease the need for postoperative narcotics and allow for more outpatient hysterectomy procedures.

Condition Intervention
Pain, Postoperative Anesthesia Drug: TAP Block of 0.25% Ropivacaine with 1:200,000 Epinephrine

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Randomized Trial of Transversus Abdominal Plane (TAP) Block at Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Effect of Regional Analgesia on Quality of Recovery

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Further study details as provided by Sarah Kane, MetroHealth Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • QoR-40 survey on postop day #1 [ Time Frame: 48 hours postop ]
    40 question survey completed on paper or by telephone on POD#1 or POD#2

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • narcotic use [ Time Frame: 24 hours postop ]
    narcotic use in mg of Morphine will be recorded

  • VAS for pain [ Time Frame: 24 hours postop ]
    visual analogue scales for pain will be completed on POD#0 and POD#1

  • Anesthesia time [ Time Frame: intraop ]
    Time of surgery and total time under anesthesia in the OR will be recorded.

Enrollment: 58
Study Start Date: May 2011
Study Completion Date: January 2012
Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: TAP Block
20mL of 0.25% Ropivacaine with Epinephrine 1:200,000 is injected into bilateral transversus abdominal planes under ultrasound guidance.
Drug: TAP Block of 0.25% Ropivacaine with 1:200,000 Epinephrine
Bilateral transversus abdominal plane injection under ultrasound guidance, done at conclusion of hysterectomy procedure, prior to emergence from general anesthesia
Other Names:
  • Ropivacaine with Epinephrine
  • TAP Block
No Intervention: No Block
Patients randomized to this arm have band aids applied to sites on lateral abdomen without injection.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any patient undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Age ranges 18-80
  • Reading literacy
  • English speaking
  • Able to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of relevant drug allergy
  • Chronic opioid users who may have tolerance to pain medications
  • Inability to understand written consent forms or give consent
  • Age less than 18 or over 80
  • Any conversion to open surgery
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01479270

Sponsors and Collaborators
MetroHealth Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Sarah M Kane, MD MetroHealth Medical Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Sarah Kane, Clinical Fellow, Principal Investigator, MetroHealth Medical Center Identifier: NCT01479270     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB10-01517
Study First Received: November 22, 2011
Last Updated: October 23, 2012

Keywords provided by Sarah Kane, MetroHealth Medical Center:
TAP block
local anesthesia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms
Epinephryl borate
Anesthetics, Local
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Adrenergic alpha-Agonists
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Adrenergic beta-Agonists
Bronchodilator Agents
Autonomic Agents
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Respiratory System Agents
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