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Colon Surgery Study Sees Decrease in Pain Medication Use

A program relying in part on patient education, fluid management, and decreasing the length of incisions, not only helped patients recover faster from elective colon and rectal resection, but also drastically cut down on their use of patient-controlled opioid analgesia. That decreased from 63.2% to 15% of patients, according to researchers as Oregon Health and Science University.