Comparison of the effect of two methods of acupressure and ice massage on the Hugo point on the severity of pain after appendectomy surgery
Keywords:Acupressure, Ice Massage, Hugo, Appendectomy
Introduction and aim: Pain is a distressing symptom of patients undergoing surgery. Therefore, it is essential to achieve non-invasive methods in order to relieve postoperative pain. The aim of the present study was to compare of the effect of two methods, acupressure and ice massage on the Hugo point on the severity of pain after appendectomy surgery. Methods: The present one-blind clinical trial study was conducted on 90 patients undergoing appendectomy. Samples were selected using available sampling method and then randomly divided into three groups of acupressure, ice massage and control. All three groups received routine treatment. The severity of pain was measured and compared with the standard visual standard of pain before, immediately after and one hour after intervention in all three groups. Data was analyzed using SPSS 21. Findings: The severity of pain before intervention in all three groups did not have a significant relationship with each other, while the intensity of pain immediately after and one hour after the intervention had a significant relationship. Both acupressure and ice massage helped relieve pain after appendectomy, but the effect of ice massage was higher. There was no significant difference before and after the intervention in the acupressure group. Conclusion: Considering the positive effects of Hugo point ice massage on relieving pain after appendectomy and considering the non-invasive nature, this method is considered as a valuable technique for relieving postoperative pain in patients; therefore, it is highly recommended after appendectomy surgery.
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