NSAIDs are contraindicated in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery because the risk for cardiovascular events is increased with use. Children and adults without other contraindications should receive acetaminophen and/or NSAIDs as part of a multimodal approach for postoperative pain management. The combination of acetaminophen and NSAIDs may be more effective than the use of either drug alone. Although potential harms are acknowledged, the evidence was insufficient to discourage use of NSAIDs in patients undergoing surgery for spinal fusion, orthopedic fractures, or colorectal surgery.
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Cite this: K. Gage Parr. Fast Five Quiz: Do You Know the Latest Postoperative Pain Management Guidelines? - Medscape - Mar 15, 2016.