100 days). Additionally, five year survival for the "cut-in patch-out" group was 48% versus the traditional group at 12.5% (p = 0.04). Conclusions Compared with a traditional thoracotomy and separate chest wall resection approach for P-NSCLC, a "cut-in patch-out" technique offers an alternative approach that appears to have at least oncologic equivalence while decreasing pain. We have more recently adapted this technique to select patients with pulmonary neoplasms involving chest wall invasion and believe further investigation is warranted."/>
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Table 3 Risk factors for duration of oral narcotics >100 days

From: The "cut-in patch-out" technique for Pancoast tumor resections results in postoperative pain reduction: a case control study

  Odds ratio (95% C.I.) p-value
Taking Narcotics Preoperatively 1.19 (0.02-8.67) 0.38
More than 3 Ribs Resected 1.14 (0.15-2.36) 0.18
Estimated Blood Loss 1.01 (0.98-1.03) 0.13
Length of Stay 1.08 (0.98-1.21) 0.42
Traditional Technique 8.28 (1.54-44.41) 0.01
  1. Multiple regression analysis for prolonged oral narcotic use (>100 days) following P-NSCLC resection. CI = Confidence Interval.