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2022 Feb 16

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol

Impact of Liposomal Bupivacaine on Post-Operative Pain and Opioid Usage in Thyroidectomy.


Hellums RN, Adams MD, Purdy NC, Lindemann TL
Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2022 Feb 16:34894221079095.
PMID: 35172629.


Opioid analgesia has been integral in post-operative pain control for decades. The over-prescription of opioids, commonly in the surgical patient, has contributed to the current opioid epidemic. Liposomal bupivacaine (LB), a long-acting analgesia formulation, has demonstrated decreased post-operative pain and opioid requirements in patients treated across multiple surgical subspecialties. The aims of this retrospective study are to assess post-operative pain and opioid use in patients who received LB at the time of thyroidectomy.