Journal of Clinical Medicine
buccal mucosa graft, urethroplasty, opioid analgesia, nerve block
The reduction in opioid use has become a public health priority. We aimed to assess if performing buccal nerve blocks (BNB) at the time of buccal mucosa graft (BMG) harvest impacts post-operative narcotic usage in the inpatient setting. We retrospectively reviewed clinical characteristics and morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs) received for all patients that underwent a BMG urethroplasty at our institution. The primary outcome measure was post-operative MMEs for patients before and after implementing the BNB. We identified 74 patients that underwent BMG urethroplasty, 37 of which were before the implementation of the BNB and 37 of which were after. No other changes were made to the peri-operative pathway between these time points. The mean total MMEs per day, needed post-operatively, was lower in the BNB group (8.8 vs. 5.0,
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Nolte, Adam; Perez, Alejandra; Mallory, Chase; Demus, Timothy; Boyer, Jessica; Jamieson, Scott; Jivanji, Dhaval; and Cordon, Billy, "Narcotic Requirements before and after Implementation of Buccal Nerve Blocks for Buccal Mucosa Graft Harvest: Technique and Retrospective Review." (2023). HPD Articles. 250.
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