Preemptive Analgesia to Control Postop Hysterectomy Pain: The SGS Clinical Guidelines
Learning Objectives and CME/Disclosure Information
This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Discuss the outcomes associated with poor pain control and over reliance on narcotics 2. Restate the recommendations by the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons for preferred preemptive pain medications
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
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Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
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Poor postoperative pain control, as well as narcotic side effects of nausea/vomiting, constipation and sedation not only adversely impact patients’ satisfaction with the surgical experience, but can result in extended hospital stay, readmission, delayed return to daily activities, delayed ambulation and overall increased morbidity. The SGS, based on a systematic review (2486 abstracts and 84 articles), conceived the following guidance on preemptive analgesia, defined as any treatment given prior to completion of abdominal hysterectomy. The focus of these recommendations is to decrease postoperative narcotic consumption and improve patient satisfaction.
Recommended Use of Preemptive Medications Prior to Abdominal Hysterectomy
Choice of preemptive pain medication
Gabapentin, acetaminophen (paracetamol), NSAIDs, COX-2 inhibitors or narcotics used individually (1A – strong recommendation/high quality evidence) or in combination (2A – weak recommendation/high quality evidence)
If using narcotics, use higher preemptive doses to reduce postop narcotic requirements (2B – weak recommendation/moderate quality evidence)
Preemptive NSAIDS reduce pain (2A) and total postoperative narcotic consumption (2A)
Preemptive phenothiazine should be given to patients at higher risk of nausea and vomiting (1A)
There is no increased blood loss, length of procedure or duration of hospital stay when preemptive pain medications are used (2A) and therefore these concerns should not be used to limit use of preemptive pain medications
Note: Level 1 evidence should be considered ‘recommended’, while level 2 is ‘suggested’
Pre- and intra-operative analgesia, whether narcotic or nonnarcotic, can improve postoperative pain scores, reduce postoperative narcotic requirements, and result in improved patient satisfaction
A bupivacaine transversus abdominis plane block results in lower narcotic requirements than subdermal or intravenous bupivacaine
Acetaminophen plus gabapentin is superior to gabapentin alone
NSAIDs, specifically ibuprofen, indomethacin and meloxicam, effectively reduce postoperative pain
COX -2 inhibitors do not decrease postoperative pain, but decrease total narcotic consumption and improve patient satisfaction
Preemptive narcotics improve pain scores more than nonnarcotics but increase sedation
Preemptive analgesia does not adversely impact risk of surgical complications and improve both postoperative pain scores and patient satisfaction
SGS has collaborated with American College of Surgeons to produce Safe and Effective Pain Control After Surgery patient brochure (see ‘Learn More – Primary Sources’ below)
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presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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