Last updated on February 2018

A Comparison of Exparel to Bupivacaine in TAP Block for Abdominal Gynecologic Surgery


Brief description of study

This study evaluates the comparison between liposomal bupivacaine versus bupivacaine HCl in Transversus Abdominis Plane blocks for gynecologic surgery on the length of stay in the hospital, total narcotic use, and overall complications rates.

Detailed Study Description

The proposed pilot study is evaluating the use of Exparel in an anesthesia protocol for patients undergoing major lower abdominal gynecologic surgery. Exparel is a formulation of liposomal bupivicaine that is reputed to have a much longer duration of action compares to bupivacaine. Exparel has been originally demonstrated to be safe and effective in bunionectomy and hemorrhoidectomy. It has recently gained FDA approval for all surgical site infiltration including TAP (Transversus Abdominis Planus block) blocks. Exparel has also been studied in other procedures and demonstrated reduction in opioid use and median length of stay (LOS).

Currently, patients on the gynecologic oncology service undergoing major abdominal surgery are receiving a type of regional anesthesia using bupivacaine HCl known as a TAP block as part of an effort to decrease narcotic use post-operatively and decrease hospital length of stay. Bupivacaine has a known eight to twelve hour duration of action, thus addressing immediate post operative pain. As Exparel is anticipated to have a longer duration of action, the purpose of this study is to determine if TAP blocks with Exparel have an advantage over standard TAP blocks with bupivacaine HCl in reducing length of hospital stay in a randomized controlled trial. Our hypothesis is that TAP blocks with Exparel will result in reduced length of stay contributing to significant hospital cost savings. Secondary outcomes include total narcotic use (hypothesized to be reduced) and overall complication rates (hypothesized to remain unchanged). Given there are no published data on the efficacy and safety of using Exparel in open gynecologic abdominal surgery, this will be a pilot study.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03304444

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Mark Shahin, MD

Abington Hospital Jefferson Health
Abington, PA United States
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