Can single dose preoperative intrathecal morphine sulfate provide cost-effective postoperative analgesia and patient satisfaction during radical prostatectomy in the current era of cost containment?

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Abstract

We retrospectively analyzed the analgesic efficacy and surgical outcomes of a single preoperative intrathecal long-acting morphine sulfate injection (0.25-0.5 mg) and postoperative intravenous (i.v.) ketorolac in 62 patients who underwent radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP). Total postoperative analgesic requirement was documented along with assessment of length of hospital stay, pain control and time for resumption of normal activity. Postoperatively, 45% of patients required only nonsteroidal agents (ketorolac), whereas 55% needed a mean of 13.3 mg of supplemental i.v. morphine sulfate. Mean hospital stay was 2.3±0.3 days. Eighty-two per cent of patients felt the length of hospital stay adequate. Ninety-seven per cent of patients were satisfied with anesthesia selected and 95% of patients considered pain control on postoperative days 1 and 2 as effective. All patients resumed to full physical activity by 5.3±0.4 weeks after surgery. We conclude that a single preoperative injection of intrathecal morphine sulfate combined with i.v. ketorolac postoperatively results in effective analgesia, diminished supplemental narcotic requirement and high patient satisfaction during radical retropubic prostatectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-230
Number of pages5
JournalProstate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Analgesia
  • Intrathecal morphine
  • Ketorolac
  • Pain control
  • Prostatectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology

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