Techniques to Optimize Multimodal Analgesia in Ambulatory Surgery
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Purpose of Review
Ambulatory surgery has grown in popularity in recent decades due to the advancement in both surgical and anesthetic techniques resulting in quicker recovery times, fewer complications, higher patient satisfaction, and reduced costs of care. We review common approaches to multimodal analgesia.
A multimodal approach can help reduce perioperative opioid requirements and improve patient recovery. Analgesic options may include NSAIDs, acetaminophen, gabapentinoids, corticosteroids, alpha-2 agonists, local anesthetics, and the use of regional anesthesia.
We highlight important aspects related to pain management in the ambulatory surgery setting. A coordinated approach is required by the entire healthcare team to help expedite patient recovery and facilitate a resumption of normal activity following surgery. Implementation and development of standardized analgesic protocols will further improve patient care and outcomes.
KeywordsPain management Ambulatory Multimodal NSAIDs Opioid Anesthesia Analgesia
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Amit Prabhakar, John N. Cefalu, Josef S. Rowe, and Alan D. Kaye declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
Richard D. Urman received funding from Merck, Mallinckrodt and Medtronic.
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