Regional Anesthesia for Breast Surgery

  • Robert M. Raw


When a woman receives a diagnosis of breast cancer, concerns naturally turn towards survival, closely followed by the physical discomfort of treatment. These can emerge from surgical care, systemic therapies, as well as radiotherapy. The anesthesiologist can play an important role in minimizing discomfort during surgical care. For example, the woman who has undergone the physical loss of her breast through a mastectomy is spiritually injured as well. The first treatment of her spirit starts with providing maximal pain relief. No woman whose femininity and beauty are injured by necessary therapies needs to also suffer physical pain. Regional anesthesia, by offering total physical pain relief, can also be the start of spiritual pain relief. Regional anesthesia also offers decreased opiate requirements as this may fully abolish postoperative nausea.


Brachial Plexus Nerve Block Regional Anesthesia Breast Surgery Pectoral Muscle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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