Surgery

Peripheral nerve block may cut opioid use after amputation

(HealthDay)—Peripheral nerve blockade with regular local anesthetic and liposomal bupivacaine is associated with lower oral morphine equivalent (OME) use at 72 hours after major lower extremity amputation (MLEA), according ...

Surgery

Regional anesthesia tied to lower opioid use in TKA, THA

(HealthDay)—Regional anesthesia is associated with a lower opioid consumption in both knee and hip replacement surgeries, compared to general anesthesia, according to a study published May 14 in PAIN Practice.

Surgery

Mortality down with spinal anesthesia for hip Fx surgery

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing hip fracture fixation, general anesthesia (GA) is associated with increased 90-day mortality compared with spinal anesthesia (SA), according to a study presented at the 2018 World Congress ...

Medications

Tips for finding opioid alternatives for surgical pain

Headed for surgery? Specialists say talking to your doctors ahead of time may turn up ways to control post-operative pain while minimizing use of those problematic painkillers called opioids. Among the advice:

Surgery

Patient-controlled anesthesia non-inferior after C-section

(HealthDay)—Early patient-controlled oral analgesia is non-inferior to standard parenteral analgesia for pain management after elective cesarean section, according to a study published online March 2 in Anaesthesia.

Surgery

Surgeon's calming words may ease stress of surgery

(HealthDay)—Few moments in life are more daunting than those just before a surgery. But a new study finds that some reassuring words from a doctor just before an operation begins may be more effective than drugs in easing ...

Neuroscience

Brain structure generates pockets of sleep within the brain

Sleep is usually considered an all-or-nothing state: The brain is either entirely awake or entirely asleep. However, MIT neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that can trigger small regions of the brain to fall ...

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