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2022 Mar 24

Pain Med

Effectiveness of pharmacological-based interventions including education and prescribing strategies to reduce subacute pain following total hip or knee arthroplasty: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials.


Total knee and hip arthroplasty (TKA, THA) surgeries are among the most common elective procedures. Moderate to severe postoperative pain during the subacute period (defined here as the period from hospital discharge to 3 months postoperatively) is a predictor of persistent pain 12 months postoperatively. This review aimed to examine the available post-discharge pharmacological interventions, including educational and prescribing strategies, and their effect on reducing pain during the subacute period after TKA or THA.