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Managing postoperative pain


Pain after surgery is common, often severe and largely unnecessary. In addition to the personal discomfort it causes, such pain probably delays postoperative mobilisation, increases deep vein thrombosis and prolongs hospital stay. The analgesics available are strong enough to relieve most forms of pain, however, prescribing attitudes often limit their use. This article reviews current practice and discusses the treatments available.

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