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2020 May

J Clin Anesth


Comparison of clinical outcomes of acetaminophen IV vs PO in the peri-operative setting for laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair surgeries: A triple-blinded, randomized controlled trial.


Acetaminophen is available in a variety of modalities but there is conflicting evidence as to whether intravenous provides superior analgesia than oral formulations METHODS: A prospective, randomized, triple-blinded clinical trial was conducted in which 100 participants, scheduled for any laparoscopic unilateral hernia repair surgery in the ambulatory setting, were computer randomized to receive either 975 mg oral acetaminophen or 1000 mg of intravenous acetaminophen. The primary outcomes evaluated were post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) pain scores at arrival, 1 hour discharge, 6 hour post-op as well as total opioid use intraoperatively and in PACU. Secondary outcomes were PACU length of stay, patient reported total opioid use in the first 24 h, pain scores 24 hour post-op and patient satisfaction.