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2022 Dec 31


Opioid prescribing after breast surgery: A systematic review of guidelines.


Chan K Y, Keogh S, Aucharaz N, Merrigan A, Tormey S
Surgeon. 2022 Dec 31.
PMID: 36593160.


Despite advances in opioid-sparing analgesia, opioid prescribing in breast surgery remains suboptimal. Besides delayed rehabilitation, excess post-operative opioids may contribute significantly to opioid dependence. This systematic review of guidelines evaluates current opioid-prescribing recommendations after breast surgery to identify trends in prescribing. Additionally, it compares recommendations on different non-opioid and non-pharmacological adjuncts.