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Lyrica Eases Pain From Knee Surgery

Study Shows the Fibromyalgia Drug Also Cuts Pain After Knee Replacement Surgery

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The Lyrica-treated patients also had a greater range of motion in surgically treated knees following surgery.

Buvanendran says the drug is now routinely given to patients undergoing knee replacement surgery at Rush University Medical Center.

Rush surgeon Aaron G. Rosenberg, MD, tells WebMD that the study is not the first to show that drugs given to patients around the time of surgery can improve long-term outcomes.

Rosenberg was not involved with the latest trial, but he did participate in a 2003 study which showed improved long-term outcomes among knee replacement patients treated with a Cox-2-type pain reliever immediately before and after surgery.

"We showed that patients treated for a couple of weeks with a relatively cheap anti-inflammatory had better range of motion a month after surgery," he says. "That is important because the quicker knee surgery patients get moving the better."

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