Reduced Opioid Consumption Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Using CPNBs to Manage Postoperative Pain Associated with TKAs

Many studies concur that Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) procedures are among the most painful types of surgical procedures[i]. With the growing number of TKAs each year, there is potential for increased opioid abuse as surgeons struggle to find the best solution for pain management during patient recovery. Hence, effective postoperative pain control is critical for these surgeries.

The article, Analysis of Reduced Opioid Consumption Across Multiple Clinical Summaries, examines multiple studies reporting that CPNBs provide a better option for managing postoperative pain associated with TKAs, while enabling healthcare practitioners to administer fewer opioids[i]. In addition to decreasing risk of dependency, reduced opioid usage results in additional post-op benefits including:

  • Decreased side effects for the patient
  • Reduced length of stay
  • More effective pain control[ii]
  • Improved patient satisfaction scores[ii]

[i] Morris BJ, Mir HR. The opioid epidemic: impact on orthopaedic surgery. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2015 May;23(5):267-71.
[ii] Goesling J, Moser SE, Zaidi B, Hassett AL, Hilliard P, Hallstrom B, at al. Trends and predictors of opioid use after total knee and total hip arthroplasty. Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan. 2016 Jun;157(6):1259-65.

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