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Papers: 29 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019

Human Studies

2019 Oct

J Arthroplasty



Chronic Prescription Opioid Use Before and After Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in Patients Younger Than 65 Years.


Chen EY, Lasky R, Dotterweich WA, Niu R, Tybor DJ, Smith EL
J Arthroplasty. 2019 Oct; 34(10):2319-2323.
PMID: 31255407.


Opioids are commonly prescribed to patients with painful and symptomatic degenerative joint disease preoperatively as a nonoperative intervention to reduce patients' symptoms and pain. The goal of total joint arthroplasty (TJA) is to reduce or eliminate the painful symptoms of degenerative joint disease. Due to the addictive property of opioid medications, some patients may develop a pattern of chronic opioid use after TJA.