Moving toward patients being pain- and spasm-free after pediatric scoliosis surgery by using bilateral surgically-placed erector spinae plane catheters
To the Editor,
Providing adequate postoperative analgesia and preventing back muscle spasms after posterior spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) remains a challenge.1 With patient assent and parental written consent, we report our experience of a patient with AIS who had excellent post-spinal fusion pain control and absence of back spasms with the use of surgically placed bilateral erector spinae plane catheters (SP-EC).
The authors thank the Stanford University Pediatric Regional Anesthesia (SUPRA) members (www.pedsregional.stanford.edu), the Pediatric Pain team, Japsimran Kaur, and Kayla Pfaff for their contribution to the work.
Conflicts of interest
Ban C.H. Tsui is the co-inventor of the Pajunk E-Cath catheter-over-needle assembly used in this case.
This work was funded by departmental resources.
This submission was handled by Dr. Philip M. Jones, Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.