Strategies for postoperative pain management

Amanda K. Brown, Paul J. Christo, Christopher L. Wu

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Despite advances in our understanding of the neurobiology of nociception, postoperative pain continues to be undertreated. There are many modalities that may provide effective postoperative analgesia, including systemic (e.g. opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents) and regional analgesic options. The particular modality or modalities utilized for a particular patient will depend on the risk-benefit profile and patient preferences. Ideally, analgesic options should be incorporated into a multimodal approach to facilitate patient recovery after surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-717
Number of pages15
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004


  • Epidural
  • Non-steroid anti-inflammatory agent
  • Opioid
  • Patient-controlled analgesia
  • Postoperative pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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