A Study to Compare Pain Protocol With and Without Opioids Following Total Joint Arthroplasty


About this study

The purpose of this study is to compare the postoperative pain levels both in the hospital setting as well as daily for two weeks following discharge between patients in the opioid treatment group and those in the non-opioid treatment group.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age ≥ 18 and ≤ 90 years.
  • Willing to participate in the study.
  • Competent to provide informed consent.
  • Willing to comply with protocol procedures.
  • Has an underlying diagnosis of osteoarthritis indicated for a total hip or knee arthroplasty.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • A diagnosis of renal or liver disease.
  • If a patient has a contraindication to receiving a spinal anesthetic or pain catheter.
  • The patient must not have taken any narcotic medications during the 3 months leading up to the surgery.
  • The patient must not be allergic or intolerant to a medication used in the multi-modal pain pathway.
  • Revision knee arthroplasty.
  • If a patient is being treated under worker’s compensation.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes with A1C > 8.0 %
  • Unable to take Aspirin 81 (325 mg) twice daily for deep venous thromboprophylaxis.
  • Patients with planned discharged to a skilled nursing facility.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Benjamin Wilke, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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