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A 61-year-old male asked:

Whipple surgery and pain: if one choses a pcea for postop pain, the person would really need to sleep on one's side vs. a pca approach. mostly right?

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Dr. Bogdan Popa
Anesthesiology 27 years experience
Actually no...: Patient Controlled Epidural Anesthesia (PCEA) is an excellent method to deliver local and narcotic anesthesia at the spinal cord levels involved in the procedure. Laying on one side or the other will tend to accumulate the anesthetic over time to the side you are laying on so you will want to lay flat. Because it is localized, PCEA can have fewer side effects of the IV narcotics in the PCA.

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