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2022 Jun 07


Complete opioid cessation after surgery improves patient-reported pain measures among chronic opioid users.


Holeman TA, Buys MJ, Bayless K, Anderson Z, Hales J, Brooke BS
Surgery. 2022 Jun 07.
PMID: 35688743.


Preoperative chronic opioid use is common, but it is unclear whether complete opioid tapering can be achieved postoperatively without adversely affecting pain control and quality of life. This study was designed to assess the association between complete opioid tapering after surgery and patient-reported outcomes for pain intensity and pain interference.