Pain relief is an important aspect of post-operative care. Adequate analgesia is an essential component of many enhanced recovery protocols after surgery as it reduces recovery times and complications. Additionally, it also improves the patient’s quality of life.
Researchers have conducted a clinical trial to find out which pain relief method works better in the early stages after surgery: intramuscular tramadol or a transdermal buprenorphine patch.
Post-operative PainPost-operative pain is defined as the pain experienced by a patient immediately after surgery and continuing up to a few days after the procedure. Recent clinical guidelines have emphasized good pain relief after surgery for early patient recovery. There are several different pain relief modalities employed in current clinical practice such as intravenous analgesics, intramuscular analgesics, epidural analgesia, and patient-controlled analgesia.
Intramuscular tramadol has long been a go-to option for post-operative pain but several new agents such as transdermal buprenorphine patch have also been introduced. However, clinical trials comparing the two options have been limited.
Clinical TrialThe researchers wanted to compare two different ways of relieving pain after surgery. One way is by giving patients a medicine called tramadol through a shot in the muscle (intramuscular). The other way is by using a special patch on the skin that slowly releases another medicine called buprenorphine.
To find out which method is more effective, the researchers conducted a clinical trial in which the patients were randomly assigned to either the tramadol group or the buprenorphine patch group. They then carefully observed and compared how well each group's pain was managed.