Introduction What is the aim of this research? To compare the postoperative` analgesic`` effects of electroacupuncture, morhine and sham acupuncture in dogs undergoing mastectomy``` Electroacupuncture Morphine Sham acupuncture `Postoperative - the period following a surgical operation ``Analgesic - pain reliefing ``` Mastectomy – surgical removal of all or part of the breast
Pre-anesthetic medication for all dogs was intramuscular acepromazin`.
`Acepromazin – drug, pre-anesthetic medication In “morphine” group, morphine was simultaneously administrated with acepromazine. In “electroacupuncture” group, electroacupuncture was applied 20 min before and was maintained throughout surgery. “ Sham-acupuncture” group received similar treatment to “electroacupuncture” group, but the needles were without electrical stimulation.
There were no significant differences in pain scores among the procedures.
The rescue analgesia was the lowest in the “electroacupuncture” treatment group (2 of 10 dogs), compared to “morphine” treatment group (6 of 10 dogs) and “sham-acupuncture” treatment group (6 of 10 dogs).
The stimulation of specific acupoints provides superior analgesia when compared to the preventive administration of morphine and the use of sham acupuncture points.