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Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157


Remote Ischemic PreConditioning (RIPC) will improve the postoperative pain experience in patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Although abdominal surgery can be a lifesaving procedure many people have a significant amount of postsurgical pain. Severe postsurgical pain may lead to chronic pain in some people. "Remote Ischemic Preconditioning" may reduce the amount of postsurgical pain. Remote ischemic preconditioning is done by inflating a balloon (very similar to a blood pressure cuff) on the leg until it blocks blood flow for a few minutes. The cuff is then deflated and blood flow resumes. The process is repeated up to three times. This procedure causes the body to increase its natural pain relief system that may help to decrease the amount of postsurgical pain.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Ages 30-80 2. Undergoing elective open intra-peritoneal surgery 3. Able to provide written informed consent to participate 4. Laparoscopic abdominal surgery Exclusion Criteria: 1. Ongoing Workman's Compensation claim 2. >50mg/day of oral morphine or morphine equivalent 3. Currently being treated for lower extremity DVT 4. Known intracranial hypertension (not excluding patients with a functioning VP shunt) 5. Known Hypercoagulable state (e.g. factor V Leiden, protein s or c deficiency) 6. Ongoing localized thigh pain 7. Planned epidural analgesia 8. Pregnancy 9. Any DSM IV-R Axis I psychotic disorders 10. Unable to understand English 11. Unable to understand the consent form



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Scott A Miller, MD
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

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Location Contact:

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: August 31, 2019

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