New concepts in acute pain therapy

Allan Gottschalk, Christopher L. Wu

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Abstract

Pain that accompanies surgical procedures remains prevalent and is one of the aspects of anesthesia that generates the greatest concern for patients about to undergo surgery. Effective pain control in the perioperative period is not only humane, but can have a positive long-term impact on recovery. This article reviews the relevant neurobiology of pain, the basis for advocating an aggressive preemptive multimodal approach to acute pain therapy throughout the entire perioperative period. A growing body of outcome studies demonstrates the long-term efficacy of this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Volume12
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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