Episode 163: Thoracic Wall Blocks with Barbara Versyck

In this 163rd episode I welcome Dr. Barbara Versyck to the show to discuss thoracic wall blocks. We discuss the types of blocks, what they are used for, and what the evidence is for their efficacy.

References:

Videos: 

Pecs II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFWneF4pwOA

Serratus Anterior block: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2w46jjMgfMErector

Spinae plane block: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVowRjEFUfk

Literature: 

Chin, Ki Jinn. “Thoracic wall blocks: from paravertebral to retrolaminar to serratus to erector spinae and back again–a review of the evidence.” Best Practice & Research Clinical Anaesthesiology (2019).

Versyck, B., G‐J. van Geffen, and K‐J. Chin. “Analgesic efficacy of the Pecs II block: a systematic review and meta‐analysis.” Anaesthesia 74.5 (2019): 663-673.

Poster: 

https://www.bbraun.com/content/dam/catalog/bbraun/bbraunProductCatalog/S/AEM2015/en-01/b9/thoracic-wall-blocks-forbreastcancersurgery.pdf.bb-.98924081/thoracic-wall-blocks-forbreastcancersurgery.pdf

One Reply to “Episode 163: Thoracic Wall Blocks with Barbara Versyck”

  1. Such an excellent and articulate podcast! To be honest, I had been a little dismissive of some the thoracic wall blocks, preferring to rely on what I believed to be more efficacious neuraxial blocks. But Dr. Versyk’s point that our analgesic techniques should evolve in tandem with less invasive surgical techniques really resonated with me. Thank you for offering a great new perspective!

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