Dexmedetomine for knee arthroscopy: IA tops IT administration for postop pain, opioid use

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Takeaway
  • Intra-articular (IA) adjuvant dexmedetomidine (Precedex) provides slightly better postoperative pain control and less opioid use than intrathecal (IT) dexmedetomidine and placebo for arthroscopic knee surgery.
Why this matters
  • Better postoperative pain control alleviates patient distres...