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

Author: Maggie L Diller1, Viraj Master2
1 Department of Surgery, 23034Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
2 Department of Urology, 189275Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Conference/Journal: Am Surg
Date published: 2022 Jul 11
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1177/00031348221110244. , Word Count: 124

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.

Keywords: complementary and alternative medicine; integrative surgery; multimodal pain management; non-pharmacologic pain control; opiate-sparing.

PMID: 35816178 DOI: 10.1177/00031348221110244