Truncal Blocks: TAP & Thoracic Paravertebral


Learning Objectives:

After completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the use of truncal wall blocks in narcotic sparing anesthesia and analgesia for abdominal and chest wall
  • Recognize the sonoanatomy of the relevant structure for placing the nerve
  • Identify the indications, contraindications, and potential complications of truncal
  • Provide strategies for gaining skills in the integration of truncal block procedures into practice.


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Truncal Blocks: TAP & Thoracic Paravertebral

Faculty: Theresa Bowling, MD

Accomplished Anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in private practice:

  • Lead and develop Regional Anesthesia programs in the context of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery.
  • Founded SSRA with a mission to provide high-quality education pertaining to Regional Anesthesia techniques to treat acute pain and develop successful Regional Anesthesia programs.

Activity Overview:
This activity describes a detailed description and illustration of the use of ultrasound-guided truncal wall nerve blocks, which can result in improved patient care by decreasing the need for narcotics for postoperative pain. Also addressed are its benefits, indications, contraindications, and strategies for integration of these techniques into practice as clinically appropriate.

Activity release date: 06/01/2019

Expiration Date: 06/01/2021

Estimated Time to Complete: 1.0 Hour(s)

Target Audience:
This activity is intended for anesthesiologists and other specialists who provide direct patient care.

Total Credit: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™