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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 31-38

Transversus abdominis plane block as an adjuvant in multimodal postoperative analgesia: Relevance and applicability in Nigeria

Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, PMB 1154, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

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Hanson Osazuwa Idehen
Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, PMB 1154, Benin City, Edo State
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DOI: 10.4103/2250-9658.197432

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Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block is a new regional anesthesia technique and very recent in Nigeria. Availability and access to opioids in Nigeria are erratic coupled with its associated side effects; there has been need for alternatives to the use. TAP block has been suggested as an adjunct in multimodal strategy. It provides analgesia mainly for somatic pains for procedures on the anterior abdominal wall excluding visceral pains and therefore may not be too useful as a sole anesthetic technique. TAP block can be instituted using the anatomical (landmark) approach, ultrasound-guided technique, or surgeon's assisted approach. Ultrasound-guided approach is most effective with minimal adverse outcome; wholesale adoption and adaptation would expand the options for balanced anesthesia and pain management. Thus, this article documents the clinical usefulness of TAP block in postoperative pain management so as to encourage the routine use of the technique in Nigeria.

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