CAN SPINAL ANAESTHESIA BE A ROUTINE FOR SINGLE LEVEL LUMBAR DISCECTOMY?

Spinal Anaesthesia for Lumbar Discectomy

Authors

  • Zahid Hussain Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi
  • Abdul Ghaffar Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi
  • Muhammad Junaid Mushtaq Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi
  • Shahzad Ahmed Qasmi Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi

Keywords:

General anaesthesia, Lumbar discectomy, Spinal anaesthesia.

Abstract

Objective: To compare the efficacy of spinal anaesthesia with general anaesthesia for lumbar discectomy in terms of theatre time and post-operative effects.

Study Design: Randomized controlled trial.

Place and Duration of Study: Neurosurgery department Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi, from November 2013 to April 2014.

Material and Methods: A total 60 consecutive patients with herniated lumbar discs were enrolled in this study to undergo randomly into assigned spinal anaesthesia group SA (n=30, group A) or General anaesthesia GA (n=30, group B).Variables included age, gender, level of lumbar disc prolapse, type of anaesthesia, operative time, and combined total theatre time, post-operative pain using visual analogue scale (VAS) and hospital stay in days.

Results: Mean theatre time in group A was 62.70 and for group B it was 90.73 (p<0.001). The mean hospital stay after surgery in group A was 2.0 days and in group B was 2.27 days (p 0.002). Peak post- operative pain scores according to visual analogue scale and resultant analgesic requirements in group A was 5.10 while for group B it was 6.87 p <0.001.

Conclusion: Spinal anaesthesia is safe and can be routine anaesthesia for most of the patients undergoing lumbar discectomy.

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Published

30-06-2015

How to Cite

Hussain, Z., Ghaffar, A., Mushtaq, M. J., & Qasmi, S. A. (2015). CAN SPINAL ANAESTHESIA BE A ROUTINE FOR SINGLE LEVEL LUMBAR DISCECTOMY? Spinal Anaesthesia for Lumbar Discectomy. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 65(3), 397–401. Retrieved from https://pafmj.org/PAFMJ/article/view/935

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