Chi-Yu Huang1#, Hui-Yu Chiu2,3#, Hung-Wen Lai2,4-6 and Dar Ren Chen2,5*
1Department of Surgery, Lin Shin Hospital, Taiwan
2Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center, Changhua Christian Hospital, Taiwan
3School of Nursing, Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan
4Endoscopic & Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Center, Changhua Christian Hospital, Taiwan
5Division of General Surgery, Changhua Christian Hospital, Taiwan
6School of Medicine, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
Objective: Postoperative wound pain is one of common problems in modern breast surgery. With a lower energy spread, Plasma Blade potentially induces less tissue damage. This study was aimed to investigate effects of Plasma Blade on postoperative wound pain.Patients and
Methods: The records of patients who underwent breast surgery by a single surgeon from August 2012 to December 2012 were retrospectively collected. There were 13 and 24 patients in groups Plasma Blade and traditional electrocautery; respectively. Postoperative wound pain was evaluated with the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS).Results: Varieties of VAS pain scores in group electrocautery were greater than that in group Plasma Blade; the declining trend of pain score in group Plasma Blade was also greater than that in group electrocautery. Furthermore, there was a significant decrease in analgesic medication use in group Plasma Blade.Conclusion: The Plasma Blade showed benefit in the reduction of postoperative pain and analgesic medication use compared to traditional electro surgery.
Mastectomy; Pain management; Postoperative; Surgical instruments
Huang C-Y, Chiu H-Y, Lai H-W, Chen DR. The PEAK Plasma Blade may Reduce Postoperative Analgesic Medication use in Breast Cancer Surgery. Clin Surg. 2016; 1: 1278.