Liposomal Bupivacaine During Robotic Colpopexy and Posterior Repair: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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OBJECTIVE:To evaluate the effect of liposomal bupivacaine on postoperative pain among patients undergoing robotic sacrocolpopexy with posterior repair.METHODS:This was a randomized, patient-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of women undergoing robotic sacrocolpopexy with posterior repair. Liposomal bupivacaine or normal saline placebo was injected into laparoscopic and vaginal incisions at completion of surgery. Perioperative care was standardized. Visual analog scales were collected at 4, 18, and 24 hours postoperatively in hospital. Starting on postoperative day 1, participants completed twice-daily pain scales and a pain medication diary up until the evening of postoperative day 3. The primary outcome was a 20-mm change in the visual analog scale 18 hours postoperatively. Secondary measures included additional pain scores, satisfaction, and narcotic use. Sample size calculation revealed that 32 patients per arm were required to detect the 20-mm difference with 90% power and an α of 0.05. To allocate for dropout, a goal of 70 was set.RESULTS:Between March 2015 and April 2016, 100 women were screened and 70 women were enrolled: 35 women were randomized to liposomal bupivacaine and 35 to placebo, of whom 64 (91%) were included in the final analysis: 33 liposomal bupivacaine and 31 placebo. No difference in demographics, surgical data, or satisfaction between groups was noted. Median VAS at 18 hours after surgery was not statistically different in those who received liposomal bupivacaine compared with normal saline (15 mm compared with 20 mm; P=.52). Other pain scales and total morphine equivalents were also similar (P=.90).CONCLUSION:In this study of robotic sacrocolpopexy with posterior repair, there were no differences in pain scores or narcotic use between liposomal bupivacaine and placebo injected into laparoscopic and vaginal incisions. Given its lack of clinical benefit, routine use of liposomal bupivacaine is not supported for this surgical intervention.CLINICAL TRIAL, NCT02449915.

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