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2020 Nov 20

Reg Anesth Pain Med

Risk of chronic opioid use after simultaneous versus staged bilateral knee arthroplasty.


Wilson L, Fiasconaro M, Liu J, Poeran J, Poultsides L, Memtsoudis SG
Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2020 Nov 20.
PMID: 33219103.


Several studies have identified excess risk associated with undergoing simultaneous (compared with unilateral or staged) bilateral total knee arthroplasty (BTKA). However, few have addressed subsequent chronic opioid use. Given the substantial morbidity and mortality associated with prolonged opioid use, we evaluated the incidence of postoperative chronic opioid use following simultaneous versus staged BTKA, based on the different timing strategies of staged procedures.