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2022 Jul 11

Am Surg

Integrative Surgery: Embedding Complementary and Nonpharmacologic Therapies into Surgical Pain Management Strategies.


There has been a growing interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine in modern pain management strategies on behalf of both patients and clinicians. Nonpharmacologic modalities such as cryotherapy, acupuncture, music, and mind-body therapies have been shown to aid in symptom control and improve quality of life in patients suffering from acute and chronic pain, and there is a growing body of literature demonstrating their feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy in the perioperative period. Here, we provide a brief review of the current evidence supporting the use of complementary therapies within existing perioperative pain management strategies and highlight evidence-based protocols to facilitate implementation into modern surgical practice.