Features February 2012 Issue

Opioids Prior to Knee Replacement Not Advised

Patients who are dependent on opioids (narcotic pain relievers) for pain management before knee replacement have much more difficulty recovering, a study recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery has found. These patients tend to have longer hospital stays, more post-surgical pain, a higher rate of complications, and are more likely to need additional procedures than patients who are not opioid-dependent.

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