Sumary of Surgeons can avoid postoperative opioid prescriptions, studies suggest:
- Surgeons can ease their patients’ pain from common operations without prescribing opioids, and avoid the possibility of starting someone on a path to long-term use, a pair of new studies suggests..
- The team behind the study has also produced a free, evidence-based guide for surgeons and other acute care providers, to help them treat patients’ pain without the risk of persistent use that opioids carry..
- The new study is published in the Annals of Surgery by a team from Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan’s academic medical center..
- They analyzed 2019 data from a Michigan-wide surgical care registry, and surveyed patients about their experience after they’d had a chance to recover..
- experiences with and without opioids The vast majority – 86% — of the patients received a prescription for an opioid after they had hernia, gallbladder, appendix, bowel, thyroid or gynecological operations..
- But when the researchers compared those patients’ experiences and survey responses with data from the 14% of patients who only got non-opioid painkiller prescriptions, they found little difference..
- Patients not prescribed opioids were slightly more likely to be readmitted to the hospital, but rarely due to pain-related issues..
- In all, 82% of both groups – patients who got an opioid prescription, and those who did not – said they were highly satisfied with their care….