With the current opioid crisis affecting the United States and other places around the globe, primary care physicians, specialists and surgeons alike are working to find ways to effectively treat patients while limiting the risk potential prescription dependence. One such area of concern is the administration of anesthesia, as well as post surgical pain management.
Opioids have been used as part of the drugs given to patients for anesthesia because they do not cause cardiovascular risk. However, the result for patients can mean nausea during recovery and treatment. Strategy Anesthesia uses propofol in the application of anesthesia to not only reduce post-op nausea but also increase the level of patient care in the process.
Propofol and Opioid Free Anesthesia
According to a new study reported on by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), providing anesthesia without an opioid included saw a reduction in the percentage of patients experiencing post-op nausea. Just 11 percent of participants experienced nausea after surgery when receiving opioid free anesthesia, compared to the roughly 80 percent of patients that have the side effect on average. Propofol, and other non-opiate drugs, can be beneficial for surgeons and patients alike if administered effectively.
When anesthesiologists use propofol as part of the process, there are many positives. The drug is suitable for all types of endoscopic procedures on both children and adults and it does not interfere with gastrointestinal motility. In addition the rapid onset of action, approximately 30-45 seconds, alleviates anxiety felt by the patient and allows surgeons to begin their work quickly. Overall, the benefits of using propofol include:
- Rapid Onset
- Rapid Awakening
- Faster Recovery
- No Residual Sedative Effects
- Superior Safety
- Patients Are Put in a Good Mood
The most important factor when it comes to drugs used for anesthesia is patient safety. Propofol is suitable for patients with liver disease, as the body rapidly metabolizes it. In addition to the marked decrease in the percentage of patients experiencing nausea following a procedure, the previously mentioned study also found that 64 percent of patients required no medication for pain management postoperatively.
What Can Be Expected Post-Op
Another benefit of using propofol in anesthesia applications is that there is a rapid awakening of the patient, even after prolonged administration. This allows the patient to begin recovery sooner and also reduces the strain on staff time and resources. There are no residual sedative effects felt and the drug is anti-emetic in nature.
Additionally, a mild euphoria sets in for patients. This puts them in a good mood after the procedure is completed and greatly helps with the post-op recovery process. Being in a good mood and not having the feeling of nausea results in greater levels of satisfaction as well. Since patients spend less time in recovery as a result of this method, surgeons can complete procedures more efficiently and effectively. Less time recovering also means patients are able to get back to their daily routines much faster than before.
Learn more about how Strategy Anesthesia provides top quality anesthesia services for post surgical pain management by exploring our website. For more information about using propofol for opioid free anesthesia, contact us directly today at (323) 999-4963.