Author(s): Brill S, Ginosar Y, Davidson EM
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Abstract PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this article, we discuss the perioperative anesthesia and pain management of patients with chronic pain receiving chronic opioid administration. In our practice we may expect to be confronted with opioid-dependent patients in routine anesthesia practice and should acquire specific knowledge and skills to effectively manage the perioperative and acute pain management issues that arise. RECENT FINDINGS: The number of patients treated chronically with opioids has increased steadily over the past decade; currently about 10\% of all chronic-pain patients are treated with opioids. As these patients are no longer confined to terminally ill cancer patients, growing numbers of these patients are facing surgical interventions. SUMMARY: In our clinical practice, we should employ multimodal pain management therapy by using an around-the-clock regimen of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors, acetaminophen, and regional blockade. Dosing regimens should be individualized to optimize efficacy while minimizing the risk of adverse events.
This article was published in Curr Opin Anaesthesiol
and referenced in Journal of Anesthesia & Clinical Research