Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. September 26, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Study: Pain can be managed with little to no opioids

Roswell Park releases study on Friday

December 08, 2018 - 6:47 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Doctors at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center released a study which found that pain after surgery can be effectively managed with minimal or no opioids.

The two-year study at Roswell Park followed over 1,200 patients who underwent gynecologic or abdominal surgery and were prescribed fewer opioids when released from the hospital. During the first year of the study, the hospital restricted approximately 16,374 opioid tablets, meaning the risks of opioid misuse can be managed by reducing prescriptions.

"Based on the success of the opioid-sparing approach to postsurgical pain management, the new restrictive protocol will go into effect throughout all Roswell Park surgical services beginning January 1, 2019," Roswell Park's website said about the study. 

"“We were quite surprised by how few requests for medication we got from our patients,”  Jaron Mark, MD, Clinical Fellow at Roswell Park and the first author of the study, said in a statement. “We expected we would be able to reduce the use of opioids without detrimental consequences, but the extent to which our hypothesis was supported by these results was really striking.” He added that proper patient education before surgery helped manage each patient’s expectations about what to expect after surgery in terms of pain and recovery, which helped to ensure good patient compliance with the protocol after discharge.

Read more about the study HERE

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