Recently published results showed more opiate prescriptions were filled postoperatively among patients who took multiple opiates or more potent opiates prior to total joint arthroplasty.
“Regional anesthesia is a great way to address all these challenges: tackling pain in a non-opioid technique and getting patients up and moving,” Sonia Szlyk, MD, said at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Orthopedic Value-Based Care. “One of the reasons why regional is so impactful is because it allows us to be opioid sparing. Opioid-related adverse events are costly and common.”
Patients who are prescribed opioids to manage their joint pain after total knee and total hip arthroplasty (TKA and THA) procedures may remain on opioids long term, well after they have ceased to experience improvements in their pain, according to collaborators at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, and the University of Cincinnati.
A new study of 114 individuals is showing that Tai Chi can be as effective as neck exercises in relieving persistent neck pain. The study was a randomized controlled trial reported in The Journal of Pain, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society.
Local infiltration of liposomal bupivacaine in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) curbed use of opioids and antiemetics and appeared to be both beneficial and cost effective in a recent study.
Results from a study published in Advances in Therapy demonstrated post-orthopedics surgery pain treated with opioids and intravenous acetaminophen compared with just opioids alone was correlated with a shorter hospital length of stay and decrease in hospital costs.