Virtual Reality and Pain

Determine the impact of VR-Biofeedback, VR-distraction, and 360 video on pain and medication utilization in patients undergoing surgery; determine the role of anxiety and pain catastrophizing on changes in pain following...
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Postoperative Pain: A Systematic Review

The treatment of postoperative pain is an ongoing challenge for orthopaedic surgeons. Poorly controlled pain is associated with poorer patient outcomes, and the prescription of opioids may lead to prolonged, nonmedical u...
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Surgery Versus Conservative Care for Persistent Sciatica Lasting 4 to 12 Months

The treatment of chronic sciatica caused by herniation of a lumbar disk has not been well studied in comparison with acute disk herniation. Data are needed on whether diskectomy or a conservative approach is better for s...
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Intermountain Healthcare First Health System in Utah to Offer Formal Opioid-Free Surgery Program for Patients Wanting Alternative Pain Control Options

The new program was tested for three months as part of a pilot project, in which physicians utilized non-addictive and less-addictive pain management alternatives for surgical patients looking for alternative pain contro...
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Surgeons in a Large Health-Care System Cut Opioid Prescriptions of Five or More Days by 64 Percent Using a New Multipronged Program

Physician education, monitoring, and incentives lead to a shift from longer-term to shorter-term prescriptions for surgical patients, according to new Journal of the American College of Surgeons study. Full story .
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Preemptive Pain Management Program Is Associated with Reduction of Opioid Prescriptions After Benign Minimally Invasive Foregut Surgery

The opioid crisis is partly due to opioids prescribed after elective surgery. This study sought to determine if a preemptive pain-management program would be associated with opioid-free discharge after benign foregut surgery.

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Los Angeles Startup Uses AI to Reduce Unnecessary Spine Surgeries

A Los Angeles-based startup recently struck a licensing deal with the University of California- Los Angeles to create a tool that can analyze spine images to help decide whether patients should be a candidate for surgery.

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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy for Post-Operative Pain Following Orthopedic Surgery

The primary objective of this study is to prospectively determine, at 10 days after orthopedic shoulder or knee surgery, if pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is beneficial in reducing patient-reported post-operative pain, as measured by visual analog scale (VAS). The amount of pain medication taken daily and the physical function outcome scores after surgery and PEMF treatment will also be measured. e

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Anxiety Among Patient Factors Linked to More Opioid Use After Surgery

New research from Michigan Medicine could help clinicians identify which patients are more likely to continue to use opioids after surgery recovery.

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Multimodal Analgesia With NSAID vs. Narcotics Alone After Shoulder Instability Surgery

This will be a single-center, prospective observational study. The study will compare post- operative pain scores and narcotic consumption between two groups of patients - one cohort will receive ibuprofen (Motrin) and P...
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Predicting Whether Surgery Patients Will Continue to Refill ‘Scripts

 AAPM Resident Fellow Education SIG Co-Chair, Mark Bicket, MD , discusses his research findings published in The American Journal of Surgery , including recommendations to reduce the chance that patients will contin...
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Opiates Prescribing for Knee Arthroscopies and ACL Reconstruction (NCT03876743)

The purpose of the study is to determine if opiates are required to achieve adequate analgesia after knee arthroscopy and ACL reconstruction in outpatient surgery.  The investigators hypothesize that patients are fr...
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