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Multiple Modalities in Perioperative Analgesic Protocols
A new study published in The Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and summarized by Allen Cone of UPI, examined pain relief after total knee or hip replacement.
The researchers looked at a nationwide database at over 500 hospitals to determine if opioids alone, or opioids with a combination of safer pain meds, improved outcomes. This was a comprehensive project that analyzed a decade of surgeries in over 1.5 million hip/knee replacements.
The conclusion? When NSAIDs (e.g. Advil) and Cox-2 inhibitors (e.g. Celebrex) were prescribed along with opioids, there were:
- Fewer respiratory and GI complications;
- Shorter hospital stays;
- Decreased opioid use.
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