Dr. Hebl's team in the Regional Anesthesia Lab is engaged in numerous research projects designed to advance improvements in perioperative outcomes and reduce anesthesia complications after surgery.

Some of Dr. Hebl's anesthesia research projects include investigating:

  • The risk of postoperative neurological complications after regional anesthesia
  • Whether preoperative gabapentin reduces postoperative pain after total joint arthroplasty
  • Local anesthetic administration during peripheral nerve blocks, caudals and epidurals in patients with a seizure disorder
  • Perioperative outcomes after total joint replacement in medically complicated patients
  • The economic implications of changes in anesthetic practice for lower extremity total joint replacement
  • The impact on an evidenced-based, postoperative nausea and vomiting protocol in an outpatient setting
  • Bupivacaine plasma levels during continuous lower extremity peripheral nerve catheter infusions
  • The thoracotomy pain-relieving efficacy of two different concentrations of hydromorphone in continuous thoracic epidural infusions
  • Preoperative gabapentin for acute and chronic post-thoracotomy analgesia
  • Temporal changes in pain threshold and tolerance
  • Opioid-induced hyperalgesia among patients with chronic pain receiving opioid maintenance therapy