Opioid Use and Associated Patient Satisfaction With Pain Control After Endoscopic Surgery and Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy

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      To evaluate patient reported measures in patients undergoing endourologic procedures and robotic assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) to demonstrate the efficacy of non-opioid postoperative pain management strategies.

      Materials and Methods

      A prospective cohort study performed at an academic medical center included a patient telephone questionnaire and chart review. Opioid prescriptions, opioid use, and patient reported outcomes were recorded. Bivariate analyses were used to compare patients who did and did not use opioids in the RARP cohort while overall trends were reported for the endourologic procedures.


      Of the 68 patients undergoing endoscopic intervention, 14 (21%) were prescribed an opioid and 6 (9%) reported any opioid use. 58 (85%) reported their pain was very well or well controlled while 9 reported their pain was poorly controlled. 59 (87%) were satisfied or very satisfied with their pain control. Fifty-three (93%) of the 57 patients undergoing RARP received an opioid prescription and only 23 reported any opioid use. All but 1 patient reported that their pain was well or very well controlled and almost all (54) of the patients were satisfied with their level of pain control. 36 (63%) reported their pain was less than expected while only 7 (12%) reported it was more than expected.


      Most patients undergoing endourologic procedures do not use postoperative opioids and report favorable outcomes regarding their pain control. Similarly, after RARP, most patients do not use opioids even when they are prescribed and are satisfied with their pain control.
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