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2019 Sep

Spine (Phila Pa 1976)



Preoperative Chronic Opioid Therapy Negatively Impacts Long Term Outcomes Following Cervical Fusion Surgery.


Kalakoti P, Volkmar AJ, Bedard NA, Eisenberg JM, Hendrickson NR, Pugely AJ
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2019 Sep; 44(18):1279-1286.
PMID: 30973507.


MINI: The study investigates the association between preoperative chronic opioid therapy on long-term outcomes (reoperations, ED visits, postoperative opioid use, and adverse events)in patients undergoing primary cervical spine arthrodesis using a commercial claims dataset.