A new artificial intelligence (AI) model can predict which patients run the highest risk of having severe pain after surgery.
The new model can also help in personalised pain management plans that employ non-opioid alternatives, as per the study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting and published in the journal EurekAlert!.
The authors of the study maintained that some patients can have more severe pain after surgery. So, they have to rely on higher doses of opioids for longer periods of time, which increases their risk for opioid abuse disorder.
Opioids are substances that when reaching opioid receptors, have effects similar to those of morphine. Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. However, opioid includes illegal substances like heroin.
So, the new AI model can help doctors navigate the risk of pain and opt for non-opioid alternatives — such as nerve blocks, epidurals, and