Cara King, DO, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Advanced Pelvic Surgery, published an article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examining the use of intravenous acetaminophen as post-surgical pain relief.
“Intravenous acetaminophen vs saline in perioperative analgesia with laparoscopic hysterectomy” was a double-blind study comparing generalized abdominal pain, nausea, and opioid consumption for patients who were given acetaminophen or saline. The study did not find significant differences in outcomes between the two groups. King’s conclusion:
“Given the relatively high cost ($23.20 per dose in our study), lack of benefit, and available oral alternatives, our results do not support routine use during hysterectomy.”
Read the whole study here.