Postoperative Pain Management in the Elderly Undergoing Thoracic Surgery

Marie N. Hanna, Jamie D. Murphy, Kanupriya Kumar, Christopher L. Wu

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The management of postoperative pain in the elderly patient undergoing thoracic surgical procedures represents a significant challenge to health care providers. Compared with younger patients, the elderly patient generally is at higher risk for postoperative complications. Choice of postoperative analgesic regimens may influence perioperative morbidity, particularly in this high-risk group of patients. The available data suggest that use of regional analgesic techniques (ie, epidural and paravertebral catheters) is associated with a decrease in perioperative pulmonary complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-361
Number of pages9
JournalThoracic surgery clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009


  • Elderly
  • Epidural
  • Gabapentin
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent
  • Opioid
  • Pain
  • Postoperative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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