Study reveals key factors in surgeons” opioid prescribing patterns

Written by | 21 Jan 2024

Researchers revealed new insights into the patterns and predictors of opioid prescribing after surgery in a comprehensive county-level study across the United States. The research results, which offer […]

Are opioid prescription rates changing for US adolescents?

Written by | 7 Oct 2023

A new analysis reveals that rates of opioid prescribing to US adolescents have decreased in recent years, primarily limited to non-surgery indications. Opioid prescription rates for surgery have […]

Multimodal analgesia – the standard of care

Written by | 23 Feb 2022

Multimodal analgesia is now the standard of care for post-operative pain relief and it can readily be explained to patients, says Dr Alexander Tzabazis, Deputy Director of Anaesthesiology […]

IV non-opioid analgesics and ERAS – the evidence

Written by | 22 Feb 2022

There is now extensive evidence to support the multimodal approach to peri-operative pain relief and the role of intravenous paracetamol and ibuprofen, according to Dr Alexander Tzabazis, Deputy […]

Enhanced recovery after surgery and the maximodal approach

Written by | 21 Feb 2022

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) offers many advantages including early functional recovery and reduced exposure to opioids.  IMI spoke to Dr Alexander Tzabazis, Deputy Director of Anaesthesiology and […]

Robot performs first laparoscopic surgery without human help

Written by | 2 Feb 2022

A robot has performed laparoscopic surgery on the soft tissue of a pig without the guiding hand of a human — a significant step in robotics toward fully […]

Long-term pain after knee surgery reduced

Written by | 26 Jan 2022

One hundred thousand knee replacement surgeries are carried out in the UK every year. Most of these operations take place to treat pain related to osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, each […]

Dexamethasone treatment increases survival in some cancers

Written by | 8 Dec 2021

Patients with certain types of cancer appear to have better survival rates if they are treated during surgery with the anti-nausea drug dexamethasone. The finding was reported on […]

Same-day discharge for hip and knee replacement surgery is safe and feasible in high-risk patients, study suggests

Written by | 4 Nov 2021

Same-day discharge after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) or total hip arthroplasty (THA) is safe in some patients classified as “high risk” – with no increase in complications or other […]

Antibiotics for appendicitis – first-line treatment

Written by | 29 Oct 2021

Antibiotics are now an accepted first-line treatment for most people with appendicitis, according to final results of the Comparing Outcomes of antibiotic Drugs and Appendectomy (CODA) trial, and […]

Dexamethasone treatment safe in surgery

Written by | 25 Oct 2021

A large scale trial by Monash University has definitively found a drug commonly used during anaesthesia before surgery to prevent nausea and vomiting does not increase the risk […]

Pain monitoring helps assess the effectiveness of opioid-sparing approaches during surgery

Written by | 17 Oct 2021

A new study has shown that effective opioid-sparing anaesthesia with dexmedetomidine can be guided with NOL pain monitoring technology (Medasense, Israel). The study showed that the NOL monitor […]

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