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The purpose of the study is to determine the opiate sparing effects of intravenously administered dexamethasone in outpatient knee surgery. Dexamethasone is a glucocorticoid with well known antiemetic effects. However, the analgesic effects of dexamethasone have not been adequately researched. Following surgery, patients are typically discharged home with PO opiates to manage post-operative pain. The investigators believe that by using Visual Analog scales for Pain the investigators can show that a single dose of dexamethasone can reduce pain scales and opiate consumption post-operatively, on POD 0 and POD 1 when compared to placebo.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Post Operative Pain
Dexamethasone 8mg iv x1, placebo
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:12:43-0400
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