Background & Objectives: Breast cancer surgery is associated with presurgical psychological distress that may have negative effects on postsurgical side effects. We conducted a randomized clinical study to investigate the effects of preoperative relaxing techniques on the postoperative intensity of acute pain and analgesic consumption.
Materials & Methods: We randomly assigned 102 patients scheduled for breast cancer either to receive or not presurgical psychological counseling by a psychological counseling. Patients were not blinded randomized. Acute postsurgical pain and analgesic consumption were assessed at different times postoperative for a period of 48 hours.
Results: Patients in the psychological counseling group had significantly lower intensity of pain in the recovery room, at 2, 8, 12, 24, 30 and 36 hours after surgery and significantly lower consumption of postoperative tramadol and NSAIDs than patients in the control group.
Conclusion: The study indicates that preoperative relaxation technique decreases the intensity of acute postsurgical pain and postoperative analgesic consumption for patients scheduled to breast cancer surgery.
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