Research Projects
The Effect of Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia Using Liposomal Bupivacaine

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☒ MPhil/PhD ☒ MRes[Med] ☑ URIS

Area of Research

Postoperative pain; Regional nerve blocks; Liposomal Bupivacaine


Objective and Significance

Postoperative pain is an important clinical problem, and is inadequately controlled in more than half of the patients. Liposomal bupivacaine is a prolonged release local anaesthetic medication that could produce longer lasting postoperative analgesia and minimize rebound pain. The aim of this project is to evaluate its effect on postoperative pain and functional recovery when administered via regional nerve blocks.


Research Plan and Methodology

Double blind randomised controlled trial.

Compare the effect of liposomal bupivacaine versus conventional local anaesthetics in patients undergoing distal radial fracture surgery.

Patients will be followed up after surgery for assessment of pain and functional outcomes in the immediate and longer term postoperative period

Dr SSC Wong, Department of Anaesthesiology

Dr Wong Sau Ching Stanley, MBBS (HK), MD (HKU), FHKCA, FHKAM (Anaesthesiology), FANZCA, FHKCA (Pain Med), graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 2007 and is a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists (HKCA) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He was awarded Merit for the HKCA Final Fellowship examination. He joined the Department of Anaesthesiology in 2013 as Clinical Assistant Professor, and obtained his HKCA Fellowship in Pain Medicine in 2017. His research interests includes acute postoperative pain management, the effect of anaesthetic drugs and techniques on postoperative pain, molecular signalling mechanisms in animal pain models, and regenerative medicine. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Laboratory and Clinical Research Institute for Pain, The University of Hong Kong and the Acute Pain Director at Queen Mary Hospital. 

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For more information or to express interest for this project, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the project description.  Interested candidates are advised to enclose with your email:

  1. your CV,
  2. a brief description of your research interest and experience, and
  3. two reference letters (not required for HKUMed UG students seeking MRes[Med]/URIS projects).

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