Evaluating Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Postoperative Pain After Video-Assisted Thoracotomy Surgery


About this study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and ease of use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) in patients who have had a video assisted thoracotomy surgery.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Male or female
  • Age 18-100
  • Able to give informed consent
  • Able to speak and understand English

Exclusion Criteria

  • Too confused to provide data 
  • Not extubated within 48 hours after surgery
  • Unable to speak and understand English
  • Has active internal pacer wires, a demand type implanted pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Transplant patient
  • Children, prisoners, or any woman who is pregnant
  • Non-scheduled surgery cases or occurring on Saturday or Sunday
  • Has a Ventricular Assisted Device (VAD)
  • Known allergies or intolerance to TENS electrodes
  • Has had the Da Vinci robotic assisted minimally invasive procedure

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

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Deborah Engen, O.T.

Closed for enrollment

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