News Pain management was the subject of a special issue of JAMA last week

Painkillers before knee surgery improve outcomes

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 20 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1185
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Patients who had pre-emptive treatment of pain with a cyclooxygenase-2 (COX 2) inhibitor before knee replacement surgery had less pain and vomiting after the surgery, needed fewer opioids, slept better, had better knee flexion, and needed less physical therapy. The randomised controlled trial was reported by …

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