After major surgery, simple ice packs may help reduce pain

June 11, 2014 4:25 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients given ice packs for the first 24 hours after major abdominal surgeries reported less pain and needed fewer narcotic painkillers, according to a new U.S. study.

“We aren’t talking about saying to a patient, here is some ice and then cut off all their pain medication. The ice was only meant to increase the patient care,” Dr. Viraj Master told Reuters Health.

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