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Table 4 Summary of key results from included studies evaluating anesthetic interventions in patients undergoing radical prostatectomy (a indicates laparoscopic or robotic approach)

From: Optimal pain management for radical prostatectomy surgery: what is the evidence?

Reference Intervention studied Pain scores Supplementary analgesia Time to first analgesic request
Shir 1994 [37] RA versus GA ↓ at rest ↓↓ -
Haythornthwaite 1998 [25] RA versus combined RA/ GA NS ↓↓ -
Hong 2009 [45] Combined RA/GA versus GAa NS at rest, ↓↓ on coughing ↓↓ -
Salonia 2004 [35] SA versus GA ↓ at rest - -
Salonia 20 06 [36] SA versus GA ↓↓ at rest - -
  1. GA general anesthesia, RA regional anesthesia, SA spinal anesthesia, NS no significant difference between groups
  2. -, not reported
  3. ↓, decreased at a minority (50 % or less) of time points measured
  4. ↓↓, decreased at more than 50 % of time points measured