Revista Cubana de Ortopedia y Traumatología
On-line version ISSN 1561-3100
DELGADO RIFA, ERACLIO; PENA GUERRA, MARCELO and CAMEJO LLUCH, REYNERIO. Acupuncture analgesia: its repercussion on postoperative distress. Rev Cubana Ortop Traumatol [online]. 1998, vol.12, n.1-2, pp. 77-80. ISSN 1561-3100.
A descriptive and prospective study of 40 patients with the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome that attended the Department of Orthopedics of the "Dr. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna" Hospital, in Las Tunas, from July, 1995, to May, 1996, and were operated on with acupuncture analgesia, was carried out. The inocuity and efficacy of the method was proved with a low postoperative distress and the absence of postsurgical pain in 90 % of the patients. The anxiety level was mild and representative of the emotional state of the patient. There was a considerable saving of drugs as a result of a more comfortable postoperative period.
Keywords : ACUPUNCTURE ANALGESIA; CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME [surgery]; PAIN, POSTOPERATIVE [therapy]; ACUPUNCTURE ANESTHESIA; ANXIETY.