Last updated on March 2018

Perioperative Methadone Use to Decrease Opioid Requirement in Pediatric Spinal Fusion Patients


Brief description of study

Acute pain management following major surgical procedures in pediatric patients continues to be a challenge, especially after extensive posterior spine fusions.

Spine surgery is particularly traumatic, initiating pain in both peripheral and central pathways. While the standard management of post-surgical pain involves a multimodal approach, opioids provide the predominant benefit. However, opioid use is associated with many adverse effects, including nausea, constipation, and pruritus. Perioperative methadone may decrease total opioid consumption and adverse effects as well as improve satisfaction with pain management after scoliosis repair.

Detailed Study Description

This study is a double blind comparison, evaluating the benefits of intraoperative methadone in extensive posterior spine fusion surgery for idiopathic scoliosis. Methadone 0.2 mg/kg will be given to the treatment group. Postoperative evaluation for narcotic use, pain control, and adverse effects will be compared to a standard treatment approach used at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02558010

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Roger Fons, MD

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI United States
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