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.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine