• Findings support use of non-opioid analgesia in outpatient hand surgery

    4 days ago - By Healio

    BOSTON - Results presented at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting showed use of non-opioid analgesia may be safe and efficacious after outpatient hand surgery.
    Benjamin L. Gray
    Benjamin L. Gray, MD, and colleagues randomly assigned 140 patients undergoing carpal tunnel or trigger finger releases in an ambulatory surgery center to receive either acetaminophen mixed with ibuprofen or acetaminophen mixed with codeine. Patients completed a diary for 7 days that included VAS pain score, the number of pills taken and side effects.
    Both groups showed no significant
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  • Prolonged need for opioids after surgery unlikely to develop without prior exposure to controlled substances

    4 days ago - By Healio

    BOSTON - Results presented at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting showed patients undergoing upper extremity surgery were unlikely to develop a prolonged need for opioid medication if they were not exposed to controlled substances prior to surgery.
    To document all prescriptions of controlled substances filled 6 months before and after upper extremity surgery, Bryan Hozack, MD, and colleagues used the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program website and then grouped patients into exposed or not-exposed cohorts based on their prescription exposure 6 months
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