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  • Randomized Non-inferiority Trial of Continuous Thoracic Epidural Analgesia Versus Single Intercostal Nerve Block After Thoracotomy Rochester, Minn.

    In this study we will study to see if a single set of unilateral intercostal nerve blocks provides pain control as effectively as a continuous thoracic epidural, and will a lower incidence of side effects. Although the anesthesiologists involved in providing care for patients having thoracotomy incisions at SMH are experts at placing thoracic epidural catheters, this study will attempt to show that a less technically challenging procedure done by surgeons intraoperatively can provide comparable pain relief.