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High Marks for Opiate-Free Pain Control after Urologic Surgery

Opiate-free pain management did not adversely affect outcomes, including patient-reported outcomes (PROs), after three types of urologic surgery, according to two separate studies.

Patients undergoing radical prostatectomy or nephrectomy reported no worsening of pain, effects on activity or sleep, or somatic symptoms when they received opiate-free pain medication. Data from a study of patients undergoing ureteroscopy for kidney stones showed significantly lower pain intensity scores with an opiate-free protocol, and patients reported no increased pain-related interference with regular activities.”