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How Are You Managing Post-op Pain?
Using multiple approaches in tandem allows your patients to go home in comfort — with little or no opioids in tow.
Sherry Bernardo, DNP, CRNA, MHA
Publish Date: June 7, 2022   |  Tags:   Pain Management Patient Experience
Patient Pain
PERSONAL TOUCH Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocols that include effective pain management strategies optimize outcomes and help individual patients return to routine life activities sooner.

Outpatient surgeries blossomed when providers figured out that inpatient stays followed by extended bed rest weren’t always necessary, or even good for their patients. Many patients were better off recovering at home, where they could move around and be in a comparatively infection-free and comfortable environment. Now that we’ve learned that postoperative pain is better controlled by using a combination of analgesic drugs and techniques that attack multiple pain centers, the migration of surgeries to outpatient settings has expanded to include increasingly complex procedures, which may result in higher levels of pain for patients.

Here are some of the key features to an effective multimodal pain plan — part of a larger Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) — that help patients recover in comfort after discharge with little to no opioids.

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