for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
study started
estimated completion
Matthias Behrends, MD (ucsf)



Epidurals are an effective means for providing neuraxial anesthesia and analgesia. Prior studies in labor epidurals have demonstrated that a programmed intermittent bolus application of local anesthesia can improve pain control by reducing the amount of local anesthetic required as well as improve patient satisfaction when compared to continuous epidural infusions. The effects of programmed intermittent bolus of epidural local anesthetics compared to continuous epidural infusions in a surgical setting have yet to be elucidated. Our goal is to evaluate the use of programmed intermittent bolus compared to continuous epidural infusion in a surgical patient population. We plan to enroll patients already undergoing abdominal surgeries including colorectal, gynecologic, surgical oncology, urological where epidural anesthesia can be employed. The primary endpoints of the study will be the total local anesthetic consumption and total opioid consumption as surrogate markers for the quality of epidural anesthesia. Secondary endpoints are pain scores and functional measurements, patient satisfaction, and incidence of hypotension.

Official Title

A Prospective, Randomized Analysis of Epidural Anesthesia Using Programmed Intermittent Epidural Boluses Versus Continuous Epidural Infusion in Patients Undergoing Abdominal Surgery.


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Pain, Acute Acute Pain Bupivacaine Fentanyl Continuous epidural infusion Programmed intermittent epidural bolus


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • American Society of Anesthesia physical classification I - III, scheduled for surgery with anticipated an epidural anesthesia (including but not limited to colorectal, surgical oncology, urology, gynecology) as part of their perioperative treatment

You CAN'T join if...

  • Age younger than 18 years of age, non-English speaking, contraindication for neuraxial anesthesia (such as, but not limited to coagulopathy, infection at site, allergy to local anesthetic), preexisting neurologic deficits, inability to consent due to cognitive dysfunction, patients with pain numeric rating score > 5 each day for greater than 3 months, daily opioid consumption > 100 oral morphine equivalents for 14 consecutive days prior to surgery, patient refusal.


  • University of California San Francisco accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94158 United States

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University of California, San Francisco
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