The Impact of Perioperative Dexmedetomidine Infusion on Postoperative Narcotic Use and Duration of Stay after Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery

@article{Dholakia2007TheIO,
  title={The Impact of Perioperative Dexmedetomidine Infusion on Postoperative Narcotic Use and Duration of Stay after Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery},
  author={Chirag Dholakia and Gretchen Beverstein and Michael Joseph Garren and Christopher P Nemergut and John C Boncyk and Jon C Gould},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
  year={2007},
  volume={11},
  pages={1556-1559}
}
Dexmedetomidine (Precedex, Hospira, Lake Forest, IL) is an alpha-2 receptor agonist with sedative and analgesic sparing properties. This medication has not been associated with respiratory suppression, despite occasionally high levels of sedation. For 10 months, all patients undergoing a laparoscopic bariatric procedure received a dexmedetomidine infusion 30 min before the anticipated completion of the procedure (n = 34). A control group was comprised of a similar number of patients to have had… CONTINUE READING