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2020 May 01


Patient-Controlled Analgesia Following Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery Is Associated With Increased Opioid Consumption and Opioid-Related Adverse Events.


Patel AA, Walker CT, Prendergast V, Radosevich JJ, Grimm D, Godzik J, Whiting AC, Kakarla KU, Mirzadeh Z, Uribe JS, Turner JD
Neurosurgery. 2020 May 01.
PMID: 32357244.


Optimal postoperative pain control is critical after spinal fusion surgery. There remains significant variability in the use of postoperative intravenous opioid patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) and few data evaluating its utility compared with nurse-controlled analgesia (NCA) among patients with lumbar fusion.