Post Operative Pain Control Using Ropivacaine and the ON-Q System in the Adult Pectus Excavatum Patient After Minimally Invasive Repair


About this study

Pectus excavatum (PE) is a common chest wall deformity where the sternum is displaced posteriorly. In severe cases, surgery is performed to correct the defect (1). In recent years, minimally invasive surgery with the placement of stainless steel support bars has been increasingly performed in patients over the age of 17 years (1-9). Because of the decreased malleability and tremendous pressure required to hold the chest wall in the corrected position, post-operative pain control has been a significant problem in this patient population (2,6,9-12). Thoracic epidurals are commonly employed however mean hospitalizations of up to 7 days have been required before adequate pain control on oral analgesics is obtained (3-5, 13) and patients are suitable for discharge.

It is hypothesized that using the ONQ system (I-Flow Corporation, Lake Forest CA) with bilateral intercostal catheter infusion would provide adequate post operative pain control with a significantly shorter hospital length-of-stay than thoracic epidural. Total use of narcotics for 1 week following surgery would also be less with the ONQ system versus epidural.

Participation eligibility

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who are scheduled for repair of their pectus excavatum with minimally invasive (MIRPE) placement of steel or titanium braces at Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Patients who are 18-80 years old

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Dawn Jaroszewski, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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