Neuraxial analgesia is recommended for major thoracic and abdominal procedures, especially for patients with prolonged ileus or those at risk for cardiac or pulmonary complications. Epidural analgesia with local anesthetics or spinal analgesia has been associated with decreased analgesic rescue use and lower postoperative pain scores compared with placebo injections or opioid analgesia in various surgical procedures.
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