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2022 Oct 01

J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev



Postoperative Pain Medication Utilization in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Sports Orthopaedic Surgery: Characterizing Patient Usage Patterns and Opioid Retention.


Metz AK, Tomasevich KM, Froerer DL, Rosenthal RM, Featherall J, Aoki SK
J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2022 Oct 01; 6(10).
PMID: 36734649.


Opioid overprescribing is a problem in orthopaedic surgery, with many patients having leftover opioid medications after surgery. The purpose of our study was to capture utilization patterns of opioids in pediatric patients undergoing orthopaedic sports medicine surgery, in addition to evaluating patient practices surrounding unutilized opioid medication. Our hypothesis was that there would be low utilization of opioids in this patient population and would in turn contribute to notable overprescribing of opioids and opioid retention in this population.