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Regional Anesthesia for Postoperative Pain Control

Call for Papers

Regional anesthesia techniques provide important advantages compared with general anesthesia. Regional anesthesia is not only performed for adequate anesthesia in the surgical procedures. There are other advantages for the use of regional anesthesia techniques including excellent pain control, reduced side effects, improved cardiac and pulmonary functions, and shortened stay in the postanesthesia care unit. The use of regional anesthesia is associated with decreased neuroendocrine stress responses in the perioperative period.

Regional anesthesia is one of the important methods for multimodal postoperative pain control. Regional anesthesia would provide excellent pain control and improve outcome such as decrease in side effects, improvement of pulmonary function, prevention of chronic pain, or reduction in hospital stay. Thus the regional anesthetic techniques and outcome using regional anesthesia for postoperative pain have become one of the important fields.

We invite authors to submit original research and review articles that seek to define the interaction between regional anesthesia and postoperative pain control. We are interested in articles that explore aspects of the effect of regional anesthesia techniques for pain control in humans and also in animal models. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Regional anesthesia techniques
  • Spinal, epidural, and peripheral nerve blocks
  • Local anesthetics and adjuvants for pain control
  • Catheter-based nerve blocks for pain control
  • Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks
  • Use of regional anesthesia for trauma
  • Complications of regional anesthesia
  • Ultrasound-guided nerve block better than nerve stimulator?
  • Impact of regional anesthesia on patient outcome
  • Outcomes using regional anesthesia for postoperative pain control
  • Patient-controlled analgesia
  • Regional anesthesia and neuroendocrine stress responses

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/anesthesiology/painc/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 13 December 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 7 March 2014
Publication DateFriday, 2 May 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Ahmet Eroglu, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Karadeniz Technical University, 61080 Trabzon, Turkey

Guest Editors

  • Engin Erturk, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Karadeniz Technical University, 61000 Trabzon, Turkey
  • Alparslan Apan, Department of Anaesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kırıkkale University, 71000 Kırıkkale, Turkey
  • Stephan Kettner, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
  • Urs Eichenberger, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Therapy, Bern University Hospital and University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland