Acetaminophen Used As Pain Management Works Equally in Pill Or IV Form

After any type of surgery, the use of the right treatment  in terms of meds is important to ensure right recovery. It is well-known that for a hip replacement surgery, the right after treatment is needed to maintain a healthy hip and to recover from the pain. There are many different forms for the medicine needed, whether it’s used as pills, IV or any other alternative.

However, a recent study at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City, has showed results that the specific treatment for hip replacement surgery, Acetaminophen, does not differ if taken in as a pill or an IV. This medicine is taken specifically as a pain management technique.

The leading author for the study, Dr. Geoffrey Westrich, the Director of Research for the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at HSS, believes that both forms of the med are equal. He stated, “IV vs. Oral Acetaminophen as a Component of Multimodal Analgesia After Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Randomized, Double Blinded, Controlled Trial. At a time when health care costs are increasingly under the microscope, the study supports the use of oral acetaminophen, which is less costly and less invasive to administer.”

The study included the use of 154 patients who have just been through hip replacement surgery. They were divided into two group, one using pills and the other IV Acetaminophen as the standards form for pain management.

Results showed that both groups reacted to the used method equally without a change in the results. The initial hypothesis was that the IV form was better and more effective than the use of pills. However, results disproved the claims.