|Year : 2007 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 216-219
Vibration sense testing to determine timing for analgesics in post operative pain relief
Dilip Kothari1, Amrita Mehrotra2, Abhitab Saggar3
1 M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, G.R.Medical College & J.A.Group of Hospitals, Gwalior (M.P.), India
2 M.D., Professor & Head, Department of Anaesthesiology, G.R.Medical College & J.A.Group of Hospitals, Gwalior (M.P.), India
3 Ex-P.G.Student, Department of Anaesthesiology, G.R.Medical College & J.A.Group of Hospitals, Gwalior (M.P.), India
|Date of Acceptance||15-Feb-2007|
|Date of Web Publication||20-Mar-2010|
2-A, J. A. Hospital Campus, Gwalior
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Aim of this study was to study the vibration sense testing with 128 Hz tuning fork as a tool to determine timing for analgesic in post operative pain relief in 60 male patients who underwent inguinal herniorrhaphy under subarachnoid block (SAB). After evaluating the time interval of recovery of vibration sense after SAB in 30 patients(Group I), tramadol 100 mg IM was given once the patient actually complained of pain at the surgical site, whereas in Group II (n=30) similar dose was given with the return of vibration sense at anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS). In Group I statistically significant rise in all the cardio respiratory parameters and VAS score were found especially near to timings for first request of analgesics (TRA 1 st ) whereas in Group II all these parameters remained near to basal values except at 360 th minute. Time for second request of analgesics (TRA 2 nd ) was significantly delayed (P<0.001) in Group II (723.33 ±12.68 min) as compared to Group (358.33±9.12 min)
Our result indicates that return of vibration sense at ASIS can be used as an indication for administration of parenteral analgesic for better post operative pain relief.
Keywords: Post operative pain relief; Subarachnoid block, Tramadol; Vibration.
|How to cite this article:|
Kothari D, Mehrotra A, Saggar A. Vibration sense testing to determine timing for analgesics in post operative pain relief. Indian J Anaesth 2007;51:216-9
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Kothari D, Mehrotra A, Saggar A. Vibration sense testing to determine timing for analgesics in post operative pain relief. Indian J Anaesth [serial online] 2007 [cited 2019 May 22];51:216-9. Available from: http://www.ijaweb.org/text.asp?2007/51/3/216/61145
| Introduction|| |
Regional analgesia especially SAB provides a better intra operative block of all surgical stimuli as compared to general anaesthesia or field block but once the effect of SAB is over, patient starts feeling pain which could be enhanced especially in the patients with low pain threshold. This can be reduced by different analgesic regimens before the onset of noxious input.
Vibration sense testing has been used as a tool to determine recovery of motor power and dorsal column function after central neuraxial blockade ,,,. A definite time interval exists between the return of vibration sense and pain at surgical site . No clinical study has examined the role of vibration sense testing in determining the timings for analgesics in post operative pain relief. Therefore we generated a hypothesis that if a parenteral analgesic is administered with the return of vibration sense, its peak effect will coincide with the weaning of SAB thus reducing the afferent noxious input to CNS, causing hyperalgesia.
Aims of the present study were to determine:
- The time of recovery of vibration sense, pin prick and pain at surgical site and timings for giving analgesics in post operative period.
- To compare the efficacy of analgesia in patients who have received analgesic on request with those given analgesics with the return of vibration sense after SAB.
| Methods|| |
After obtaining the approval of our local hospital Ethical Committee and written informed patient consent, 60 male individuals (ASA status I & II, and age 25-40 years) scheduled for elective inguinal herniorrhaphy were included in this study. Patients with evidence of cardiorespiratory, neurological, psychiatric, metabolic, infective and coagulation disorder or on chronic analgesic medication were excluded from the study. All the patients were interviewed a day before to ensure intelligent verbal communication and to explain about the procedure of testing different parameters of the study.
Group I (n=30) : Patients were assessed for the time of recovery of vibration, pinprick and pain at surgical site after SAB. Tramadol 100 mg IM was given on request of patient after surgical procedure.
Group II (n=30) : Tramadol 100 mg IM was given to all patient as soon as vibration sense returned at ASIS.
Efficacy of tramadol was assessed by changes in RR, PR, DBP, SBP and VAS score and subsequent request for further analgesics (TRA I st and TRA II nd ) in post operative period.
All the patients received premedication with atropine sulfate 0.6 mg IM 30 minutes before SAB. On arrival to the operating theatre, baseline RR, PR, SBP and DBP were recorded for three consecutive times and its mean values were recorded as base values. After preloading with 500ml of Ringer lactate solution, SAB was performed with 2ml lidocaine Hcl 5% heavy in L2-3 space. 1-1.5 litre of crystalloid intravenous fluid was infused to maintain blood pressure. No analgesic or sedative drugs were given during the operation. Following the surgical procedure patients were monitored in the post operative recovery ward for the duration of the study period.
Evaluation of recovery of vibration, pinprick and pain was done every 5minutes beginning at 60 minutes after initiation of SAB. Changes in VAS score, PR, SBP, DBP & RR were recorded every 30 minutes for next 120 minutes and then every 60 minutes up to 360 minutes.
Return of vibration sense testing was performed with 128 Hz tuning fork at anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS), tibial tuberosity (TT) and greater toe (GT). The tuning fork was applied as perpendicular as possible resting on its weight after striking on rubber pad. Patients were asked to indicate the moment they perceive the vibration sense.
Pinprick sensation testing was performed with 23 SWG needle at the level of ASIS and patients were asked to indicate when they perceive it.
Assessment of pain was done with VAS score of pain using a 10 cm. horizontal scale with graduation connecting points marked as 0 means no pain and 10 means as severe as it could be. Patients were told to indicate how they felt at that moment by placing a mark on the scale.
The efficacy of post operative analgesia was calculated by TRA 1 st i.e. time interval between end point of surgery and the patient's first request for analgesic and TRA 2 nd i.e. time interval between the first dose of analgesic and the patient's second request for analgesic.
The observation recorded in both the groups of study were tabulated and statistical analysis was carried out by using analysis of variance (ANOVA) test and Student's unpaired. Value >0.05 was considered as nonsignificant (NS), <0.05 as significant(S) and<0.001 as highly significant (HS).
| Results|| |
Both the groups of this study were comparable regarding the distribution of age, sex, height, weight and type of surgery performed. No statistically significant difference was observed in the basal values of RR, PR, SBP and DBP. [Table 1]
Return of vibration sense was found to be earliest at ASIS as compared to at TT and GT. Pain at surgical site and pinprick returned later. [Table 2]
As shown in [Table 3], mean (±SD) values of all the cardiorespiratory parameters in Group I have increased significantly at 90 th and 120 th minutes of study period but decreased in the following post operative period. In Group II, no significant difference in these values were found upto 300 minutes. At 360 th minute these parameters were significantly increased in both these groups.
VAS score was low in both the groups except for the near to the timing for analgesia. [Table 3]
Mean (±SD) time for further analgesia (TRA1 st and TRA2 nd ) were 102.83 ±8.5 min & 358.33 ±9.12 min and 400 ±8.7 and 723.33 ±12.68 min in Group I & II respectively (P<0.001).
| Discussion|| |
The onset and recovery from regional block depends upon the diameter of nerve fibres involved with a particular modality of sensation  . The fibres with a lesser diameter (pain, cold, touch 2-5 µm) are earliest to be blocked but last to recover whereas the thicker fibre (proprioception, vibration 12-20µm) are last to be blocked but first to recover , . Therefore, it is very clear from this established fact that a definite time interval exists between return of vibration and pain sensation. Similar observations were noted in our study. As shown in [Table 2], a safety margin of more than 20 min exists between the return of vibration sense at ASIS and actual pain at surgical site in Group-I, thus we chose the return of vibration at ASIS as a landmark to give tramadol 100 mg IM (Group II) to prevent pain pathway sensitization.
Till 60 min patients in both the groups were under the effect of SAB, thereafter at 90 th and 120 th min values of different parameters were highly significant (P<0.001) as the patients in Group-II were completely pain free as compared to the Group-I where patients still had pain because they received the analgesic after the onset of pain. Then between 180 th to 360 th minutes of the study, values of all the parameters have reached near to base values but still compliance was better (low VAS Score) in Group-II as compared to Group-I (P<0.001). At 360 th min again these values were significantly higher in Group-I because the effect of tramadol has completely weaned off, whereas in Group-II, analgesic effect still persists although to a lesser degree [Table 3].
Mean time interval between TRA1 st and TRA2 nd was 255.55 min and 323.33 min in Group I& II respectively, indicating that if analgesic is given before the onset of pain, the same doses of the drugs have longer duration and better patient compliance as compared to those given after the establishment of pain.
Our results are in accordance to various authors who also have reported that if analgesic drugs are given before rather than after the onset of pain, much lesser doses are required for the same results , , .
Hence, we conclude that if analgesic is given with the return of vibration sense as compared to actual return of subjective pain at surgical site, then not only patient compliance is better (low VAS Score) but the respiratory and haemodynamic parameters also remain stable. Effect of similar dose is found to be better once the drug is administered before the onset of pain.
Since not much work has been done on this subject, we could not compare our results with others. In our opinion this subject still needs to be investigated at higher center, which will help in calculating the exact timings to give analgesic for post operative pain relief which is the first and foremost aim of an anaesthesiologist.
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[Table 1], [Table 2], [Table 3]