Aim: To investigate the effect of the administration of a single dose of meloxicam pre-emptively on postoperative pain management in patients who underwent inguinal hernia repair under local anaesthesia.
Subjects and Method: Fifty patients who underwent inguinal hernia repair under local anaesthesia during the period November 2005 to May 2006 were recruited into the study prospectively. The patients were randomized to two groups regarding administration and non-administration of pre-emptive meloxicam. The postoperative visual analogue pain scale (VAS) values at 4, 8, 12 and 24 hours and analgesic needs of the patients were recorded.
Results: No difference was found between the groups in terms of age, gender, hernia localization and type. The VAS values of the patients regarding their pain severity were evaluated at 4, 8, 12 and 24 hours and were significantly lower in the group which received meloxicam pre-emptively (p = 0.001, 0.0001, 0.003 and 0.0001 respectively). The need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug was also found to be significantly lower (p = 0.0001).
Conclusion: Postoperative pain severity and hence analgesic requirement were significantly decreased in the patients who received meloxicam pre-emptively. Single dose pre-emptive meloxicam seems to be an effective analgesic therapy for patients undergoing inguinal hernia repair under local anaesthesia. It thereby improves patients comfort and should be considered for use in outpatient surgery.