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At the American Society of Anesthesiologists pain summit, over a dozen societies discussed principles for acute pain resources for surgeries. ASA President Beverly K. Philip, MD, FACA, FASA, commented, “we learned from each other what progress has been made toward each principle, what challenges or...

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Radiation therapy vs an injection. A patient with bone cancer may need about 10 sessions of radiation therapy, but a new radioactive bone cement is proving to be easier on the patient, and safer. Brachytherapy is a local treatment during which a radiation source is placed in or near the tumor. With...

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It's a new age of knee replacement! Using 3D modeling and robotics, knee replacements are more personalized, exact, and lead to improved quality of life. How? A presurgery CT scan of the patient’s knee is uploaded to software and the joint is replicated in a 3D model, which the surgeon uses to plan...

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A research letter published in JAMA Surgery compares postsurgery pain relief and patient satisfaction via patient-reported outcomes after common operations. What’s the right balance between excessive prescribing of opioids and inferior pain control? Over 600 patients were surveyed 1 to 3 months...

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In a Pain Management short communication, researchers discussed a study of intravenous meloxicam's efficacy and safety for postsurgery pain, as part of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol. Over 50 adults who had undergone open or laparoscopic colorectal surgery with bowel resection...

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In an online edition of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, the Perioperative Pain and Addiction Interdisciplinary Networkor PAINoutlined recommendations for patients who use cannabis. The regulation and use of marijuana products is constantly evolving. Cannabis use can alter perioperative...

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What will a patient’s pain be like after lumbar spine surgery? What about two years after lumbar spine surgery? “Unrealistically high or low expectations are problematic, predisposing patients to poor outcomes if they become discouraged with recovery, abandon rehabilitation or ignore recommended...

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Recently the US Department of Veterans Affairs issued its Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Health Care, replacing physician anesthesiologists with nurses when surgery is performed. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) feels this lowers standards and could potentially risk...

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A team of multidisciplinary healthcare experts and opioid stewardship leaders have provided new opioid guidelines for children and adolescents postsurgery. Their recommendations are published in JAMA Surgery. Lorraine Kelley-Quon, MD, MSHS, a pediatric surgeon, and a diverse team of healthcare...

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Researchers reviewed 26 relevant studies of presurgical psychological predictors on the outcomes of knee or hip surgery and found that “there is evidential value for the effect of depression on pain intensity and function, anxiety on pain intensity and function, pain catastrophizing on pain...

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