Postsurgical Pain Drops in Last Decade

Number of patients reporting moderate to severe pain falls 24 percent

Pain management improvements have decreased the amount of postsurgical pain most patients report

Patients are now reporting less pain after surgery, according to a new study.

Good news for pain management: according to a new study, the number of patients that report moderate to severe pain two weeks after surgery has dropped in the last decade, from 63 percent to 39 percent. Researchers looked at a total of 441 patients before they were discharged from the hospital, with follow-ups conducted one, two and three weeks after surgery.

Patients ranked their pain intensity and satisfaction with the medicine they were given, and the results were compared to a previous study covering 1998 to 2002. The 24 percent drop is most likely due to improvements in pain management and increased measures put in place by hospitals over the last 10 years.

The new study also showed that the number of patients who reported no pain at all remained constant at 22 percent. The findings were presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists‘ annual meeting in New Orleans.

For more information on the new study, click here: Number of Patients Experiencing Postsurgical Pain Reduced by 24% in Last Decade.

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