Efficacy of Liposomal Bupivacaine for Pain Control After Percutaneous Nephrostolithotomy

Efficacy of Liposomal Bupivacaine for Pain Control After Percutaneous Nephrostolithotomy

Sponsors

Lead sponsor: Northwell Health

Source Northwell Health
Brief Summary

Percutaneous nephrostolithotomy (PCNL) is a common endoscopic procedure performed for upper urinary tract calculus disease. Despite being minimally invasive, it is associated with significant postoperative pain, often necessitating inpatient hospitalization and narcotic pain medications. Additionally, one of a number of catheters is often left protruding from the access tract for a period of time following the procedure, adding to patient discomfort. Attempts have been made to study peri-tubular or access tract analgesic installation, which have shown promise.1-2 However, no studies, to our knowledge, have examined the use of liposomal bupivacaine preparations in this regard. In this study we hope to prospectively analyze the use of liposomal bupivacaine injected to the access tract site at the time of PCNL and determine its effects on postoperative narcotic requirement and pain scores.

Patients presenting for PCNL will be randomized to either the liposomal bupivacaine or usual care, which involves no injection of local anesthesia. Patients will then be followed during their inpatient stay. Total narcotic requirement (in milligrams) and pain scores (using Wong-Baker FACES rating scale) will be compared.3 Typical postoperative care and discharge criteria will not change during the course of this study.

Detailed Description

Subjects will be randomly assigned by a 1:1:1 ratio to one of the following groups:

1. Saline (control arm)

2. Liposomal bupivicaine (long-acting local anesthetic)

3. Bupivacaine (local anesthetic)

The Biostatistics Unit will develop a randomization procedure using a permuted block design. Randomization will be stratified by site (LIJ or NSUH). The randomization process will occur in REDCap using the Randomization Module. Details of the procedure, including required record keeping, will be further developed upon approval of this protocol.

Patients undergoing PCNL will need no alterations of procedure in regards to positioning, obtaining access, or removal of calculi. Efforts will be made to remove the calculus with use of one access tract only; however, if the surgeon performing the procedures deems that additional access tracts are needed they can be obtained. Similarly, efforts will be taken to include a single nephrostomy tube without the need for a ureteral stent. However, if the attending surgeon deems either of these factors need to be altered, he may do so at his discretion. The use of multiple access tracts, multiple nephrostomy tubes, or a ureteral stent will then disqualify the patient from the trial and they shall then be withdrawn from the study. Because of the nature of the procedure, it is difficult to predict with certainty if patients will need any of these alterations and thus these decisions may need to be made intraoperatively.

If the patient still meets inclusion criteria, 20 mL of agent will be infiltrated subcutaneously depending on what arm the patient was randomized to. 10 mL will be place at the lateral edge of the tract while 10 mL will be placed at the medial edge. The patient will be awakened without any other changes to standard PCNL protocol. All PCNL procedures will be performed in the aforementioned manner by one of three fellowship trained endourologists with high-volume stone practices (David Hoenig, Zeph Okeke, and Arthur Smith).

The primary outcome being assessed is the patient's pain rating at 24 hours after the procedure. All patient scores will be recorded using a specific VAS, the Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale. These values will be converted to a numerical scale from 0-10 accordingly. Patients will be assigned a pain rating handout which will be present in their hospital room for 48 hours or until they are discharged, whichever comes first. Nursing staff or a urology inpatient team member will prompt the patient at the 24 hour period to describe their pain using the FACES scale and they will record this on their handout. Nursing or a urology inpatient team member will collect handouts at time of discharge or after 48 hours, whichever comes first.

Primary Objective:

To determine the effects of liposomal bupivacaine injections at the access site during PCNL on postoperative pain and narcotic requirement.

Primary Outcome:

• Visual analog scale (VAS) at 24 hours (Liposomal bupivicaine vs. bupivicaine only)

Secondary Outcomes:

- Total dose of narcotics (mg) over the course of hospital stay

- VAS pain scores (across time)

- Length of Stay (LOS)

- Time-to-first rescue pain medication after surgery

Randomization:

Subjects will be randomly assigned by a 1:1:1 ratio to one of the following groups:

4. Saline (control arm)

5. Liposomal bupivicaine (long-acting)

6. Bupivacaine (local anesthetic)

The Biostatistics Unit will develop a randomization procedure using a permuted block design. Randomization will be stratified by site (LIJ or NSUH). The randomization process will occur in REDCap using the Randomization Module. Details of the procedure, including required record keeping, will be further developed upon approval of this protocol.

Statistical Methods:

Descriptive statistics (means ± standard deviations or medians and interquartile range [25th percentile, 75th percentile] for continuous data; frequencies and percentages for categorical data) will be calculated by group.

Comparability of the three groups at baseline will be analyzed using the chi-square test or Fisher's exact test, as deemed appropriate, for categorical variables. Continuous variables such as age and narcotic usage will be compared using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) or the Kruskal-Wallis test as indicated.

For the primary outcome, the 24 hour VAS score will be compared between the liposomal bupivacaine vs. bupivacaine groups using the two-sample t-test or Mann-Whitney test as deemed appropriate.

A repeated measures analysis of variance (RMANOVA) with a mixed models approach will be used to determine if the groups' trajectories for VAS differ across time, measured at 6, 12, 24, and 48 hours post-operatively (i.e., the group x time interaction). The standard assumptions of Gaussian residuals and equality of variance will be tested. If the normality assumption is not met, a transformation will be used for the analysis of VAS. The repeated within subjects factor will be time and the within subjects factor will be group (Saline, Liposomal bupivicaine, or Bupivacaine).

"Time-to-first rescue pain medication after surgery" will be analyzed by applying standard methods of survival analysis, i.e., computing the Kaplan-Meier product limit curves, where group will be the stratification variable. In cases where the endpoint event, "first rescue pain medication after surgery", did not occur, the number of hours until last follow-up will be used and considered 'censored'. The groups will be compared using the log-rank test. The median "time to first rescue pain medication after surgery" and corresponding 95% confidence intervals for each group will be obtained from the Kaplan-Meier/Product-Limit Estimates.

LOS will also be analyzed using the standard methods of survival described above, however, without any censored data.

A result will be considered statistically significant at the p<0.05 level of significance. Upon finding a significant difference among the three groups in any of the above analyses, Bonferroni adjusted multiple pairwise comparisons will be carried out in order to determine specifically which groups differed from one another. A pairwise comparison will be considered statistically significant if p<0.0167 (=0.05/3).

All analyses will be performed using SAS version 9.4 (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC).

Intention-to-Treat (ITT):

Statistical analysis will be performed using the modified intention-to-treat population (mITT), defined as all randomized subjects who receive treatment and who have completed at least one pain score after baseline assessment.

Interim Analysis and Early Stopping:

There are no plans for interim analysis for efficacy.

Sample Size Considerations:

The proposed sample size for this prospective, single-blinded randomized trial is 99 subjects (n=33 per group). The sample size is based on the primary analysis of VAS at 24 weeks between the Liposomal bupivicaine vs. bupivicaine groups. Although other analyses will be performed on all 3 groups, the sample size calculation has been simplified to the analysis of Liposomal bupivicaine vs. bupivicaine at a single time point.

Based on data published by Kirac et al. (2013), the mean 24-hour VAS score for the bupivicaine group was 2.8 ± 0.9. We assume that the VAS score at 24-hours for the Liposomal bupivicaine group will be 25% greater (VAS=3.5). A sample size of 33 in each group will have 80% power to detect such a difference in means of -0.7 assuming that the common standard deviation is 1.0 using a two group t-test with a 0.05 two-sided significance level. Expanding this to 3 groups will yield a total sample size of 99 subjects.

Outcomes The primary outcome being assessed is the patient's pain rating at 24 hours after the procedure. All patient scores will be recorded using a specific VAS, the Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale. These values will be converted to a numerical scale from 0-10 accordingly. Patients will be assigned a pain rating handout which will be present in their hospital room for 48 hours or until they are discharged, whichever comes first. Nursing staff or a urology inpatient team member will prompt the patient at the 24 hour period to describe their pain using the FACES scale and they will record this on their handout. Nursing or a urology inpatient team member will collect handouts at time of discharge or after 48 hours, whichever comes first.

The following data will also be recorded and serve as the secondary outcomes:

1. Patient's pain rating at 6, 12, and 48 hours in all arms

2. Patient's pain rating at 24 hours in the saline arm

3. Patient length of stay (LOS)

4. Time-to-first rescue pain medication after surgery

5. Total narcotic use

6. Weight adjusted total narcotics use

7. Narcotic density (mg of morphine equivalent/hours) used at 0-6 hours, 6-12 hours, 12-24 hours, 24-48 hours

Additionally, patient demographics and clinical characteristics such as age, gender, BMI, and previous medical and surgical history will be collected. Procedural characteristics such as location of tracts (supracostal vs infracostal), size of nephrostomy tract, and type of nephrostomy tube will be recorded.

A secondary outcome that deserves further mention will be the total dose of narcotics from over the inpatient hospital course. This will be measured from 1 hour after the patient reaches the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) until the discharge order is placed. All opiate medication will be converted morphine equivalents and the values will be reported as total number of milligrams of morphine. In order to help reduce variability due to variations in prescriber patterns, patients will be started on a pain regimen as followed.

Mild pain: 1 tablet PO Oxycodone 5mg/Acetaminophen 325mg q4 hours Moderate pain: 2 tablets PO Oxycodone 5mg/Acetaminophen 325mg q4 hours Severe pain: 1 mg IV hydromorphone q4 hours Breakthrough pain: 0.5 mg IV hydromorphone q4 hours The analgesic regimen can be altered by the physician or physician assistant treating the patient at their discretion but efforts will be maintained to follow this analgesic regimen. Amount of narcotics used will be gleaned from the electronic medical record upon discharge of the patient. Time to start recording analgesics will begin one hour after patient is sent to the PACU. This will help decrease variability in anesthesiologist and peri-anesthesia prescribing patterns immediately at the conclusion of the procedure.

Overall Status Withdrawn
Start Date August 8, 2017
Completion Date August 8, 2017
Primary Completion Date August 8, 2017
Phase Phase 3
Study Type Interventional
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Scores from the Visual Analog Scale for pain 24 hours post-procedurally in the liposomal bupivacaine group and the bupivacaine group 24 hours
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
narcotic usage pain scores at 6, 12, 24, and 48 hours
Condition
Intervention

Intervention type: Drug

Intervention name: liposomal bupivicaine

Description: local anesthetic

Arm group label: Liposomal bupivicaine

Intervention type: Drug

Intervention name: Bupivacaine

Description: local anesthetic

Arm group label: bupivicaine

Intervention type: Drug

Intervention name: Saline Solution

Description: saline injection

Arm group label: saline

Eligibility

Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Patients >18 years old

2. Patients with calculus disease that can be treated with PCNL

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Patients <18 years old.

2. Patients who are not able to give consent for study

3. Patients with active urinary tract infection

4. Pregnant women

5. Patients with hepatic insufficiency

6. Patients with more than 2 access tracts created

7. Allergies to bupivacaine or liposomal bupivacaine

8. Patients with chronic pain syndromes as determined by using >30mg oral morphine equivalents per day

9. Patients who are neurologically impaired and may have altered pain sensation due to previous diseases (e.g. paraplegics, quadriplegics, systemic neurological condition, etc.)

10. Patients who are undergoing staged procedures during that same hospital stay

11. Patients who are placed on patient controlled analgesia or patient controlled epidural analgesia

12. Patients who remain intubated after surgery

13. Patients who will have ureteral stents

14. Patients who do not require care in the intensive care unit

15. Patients who are mentally impaired.

16. Patients who are criminal prisoners.

Gender: All

Minimum age: 18 Years

Maximum age: 100 Years

Healthy volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Overall Official
Last Name Role Affiliation
David M Hoenig, md Principal Investigator Urologist
Location
facility North Shore University Hospital
Location Countries

United States

Verification Date

August 2017

Responsible Party

Responsible party type: Principal Investigator

Investigator affiliation: Northwell Health

Investigator full name: David Hoenig

Investigator title: Principal Investigator

Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Number Of Arms 3
Arm Group

Arm group label: Liposomal bupivicaine

Arm group type: Experimental

Arm group label: bupivicaine

Arm group type: Active Comparator

Arm group label: saline

Arm group type: Placebo Comparator

Patient Data No
Study Design Info

Allocation: Randomized

Intervention model: Parallel Assignment

Primary purpose: Treatment

Masking: Single (Participant)

Source: ClinicalTrials.gov