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2022 Jul 18

Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol

Use and misuse of opioid after gynecologic surgery.


Bougie O, Blom J, Zhou G, Murji A, Thurston J
Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2022 Jul 18.
PMID: 35973919.


Postoperative opioid use following gynecologic surgery may be necessary for effective treatment of pain; however, it can result in significant side effects, adverse reactions, and negative health consequences, including prolonged problematic use. Surgeons and healthcare providers of patients recovering from gynecologic procedures should be aware of effective strategies that can decrease the need for opioid use, while providing high-quality pain management. These include adherence to Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocols, particularly the use of multimodal analgesia management. When prescribing opioids, providers should adhere to responsible prescribing practices to minimize the risk of inappropriate and/or long-term opioid use.