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2020 Jul 14

Anesth Analg

Preoperative Pressure Pain Threshold Is Associated With Postoperative Pain in Short-Stay Anorectal Surgery: A Prospective Observational Study.


Luedi MM, Schober P, Hammoud B, Andereggen L, Hoenemann C, Doll D
Anesth Analg. 2020 Jul 14.
PMID: 32675636.


Postoperative pain management is key for patient satisfaction. Pressure pain threshold (PPT) has been studied in some surgical cohorts but has not been studied in relationship to acute postoperative pain in short-stay patients undergoing anorectal surgery. We hypothesized that preoperative finger PPT measurements can identify respective patients with higher postoperative pain. Aiming to understand the relationship with subjective postoperative pain perception, we tested the hypotheses that preoperative PPT is associated with postoperative Visual Analog Scale (VAS) pain scores and correlates with postoperative analgesic consumption in short-stay patients undergoing anorectal surgery.