To estimate the effect of intraperitoneal levobupivacaine on postoperative pain and analgesic requirements, during the first 24 hours after elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC).Materials and Methods:
In this prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled study, 73 consecutive patients scheduled for LC were randomized into 2 groups. In the local anesthetic group 36 patients received 10 mL of 0.5% levobupivacaine intraperitoneally at the end of the LC and at 4 hours postoperatively, whereas in the placebo group 37 patients received 10 mL of 0.9% normal saline. Visual analog scale pain scores, analgesic consumption, side-effects, and vital signs were recorded for 24 hours postoperatively.Results:
In the local anesthetic group lower visual analog scale pain scores were observed postoperatively, both at rest and at movement (P-values compared with placebo, 0.012 and <0.001, respectively). Fentanyl consumption was greater in the placebo group (P-value <0.001).Conclusions:
Intraperitoneal administration of 10 mL 0.5% levobupivacaine after LC is effective in reducing postoperative pain and decreasing opioid consumption.