Limitations to self-care in the ambulatory surgical patient

Alfred E. Lupien, Bruce A. Schoneboom, Kathleen R. Wren

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Myalgia, or muscle pain, is a common postoperative phenomenon. Causes of myalgia include age, gender, medication, positioning, and abdominal insufflation for laparoscopic surgery. For some patients, myalgia may be more severe than surgically induced pain. This study explored postoperative myalgia from the perspective of self-care limitations. Sixty-three individuals were surveyed, and responses were analyzed using unidimensional and multidimensional scaling techniques. Subjects reported back pain and the inability to accomplish high-energy activities of daily living to be most incapacitating after surgery. Results of this investigation may be used to structure preoperative teaching and perianesthetic nursing interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of perianesthesia nursing : Official journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses / American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical


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