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2019 Oct 11

J Neurosurg Spine

Factors associated with chronic opioid use after cervical spine surgery for degenerative conditions.


Wang MC, Lozen AM, Laud PW, Nattinger AB, Krebs EE
J Neurosurg Spine. 2019 Oct 11:1-8.
PMID: 31604325.


Opioids are commonly prescribed after surgery for painful spinal conditions, yet little is known about postoperative opioid use. The relationship between chronic opioid use and patient-reported outcomes and satisfaction with surgery is also unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate factors associated with opioid use 1 year after elective cervical spine surgery for degenerative conditions causing radiculopathy and myelopathy. The authors hypothesized that patients with preoperative opioid use would be more likely to report postoperative opioid use at 1 year, and that postoperative opioid use would be associated with patient-reported outcomes and dissatisfaction with surgery.