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Perioperative local anaesthetic

24 months
Approved budget:
Dr Wiremu MacFater
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Lay summary
The research aims to optimise postoperative pain and functional recovery after major abdominal surgery. The analgesic benefit of intra-abdominal local anaesthetic compared to intravenous local anaesthetic will be investigated. This will be achieved by means of a randomised clinical trial. I will then aim to develop a safe prolonged intra-abdominal local anaesthetic infusion using a novel technique. If successful I hope this technique can be further developed into human trials as it may have the potential to improve pain, decrease the length of stay in hospital and improve functional recovery after surgery. This has the potential to decrease the burden illness has on the individual, the health care system and enable the individual to return to their family and work in a timelier manner.