Table 3

Anticipated length of postoperative acute pain that would best be managed with opioids (n=total number of respondents)

Elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy (n=65)Emergent sigmoidectomy (n=65)Negative exploratory laparotomy (n=64)Four unilateral rib fractures (n=55)
0–3 days, n (%)44 (67.7)2 (3.1)8 (12.5)7 (10.8)
4–7 days, n (%)20 (30.8)5 (7.7)2 (3.1)9 (13.9)
8–14 days, n (%)1 (1.5)30 (46.2)29 (45.3)29 (44.6)
15–21 days, n (%)0 (0)28 (43.1)25 (39.1)2 (18.5)
22–30 days, n (%)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)5 (7.7)
31–60 days, n (%)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)2 (3.1)
>60 days, n (%)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)1 (1.5)