Opioid Abuse and Surgery
Managing pain helps to speed recovery following your operation. Your surgical team wants to help you to safely and effectively manage any pain that you may have after surgery. āSafe pain controlā means using medication and other therapies to manage pain with the least amount of side effects.
Learn how to:
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(screening form to assess risk of misuse)
(addiction or dependence)
Surgeons and all physicians are now screening their patients prior to opioid administration using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Alternatives to opioids are being used and the amount and dose of opioid pills prescribed to patients is lower when appropriate. Numerous studies are underway monitoring the number of pills used by patients and their pain scores to better match pain control options for specific operations and avoid any excess opioid use (; ). Below are additional educational and leadership strategies for surgeons:
We have educational programs, professional resources, research news, even opportunities to get involvedāall in an effort to promote safe pain control post-surgery.See What’s Available
This section of the Āé¶¹“«Ć½ website has been developed so you can learn more about safe pain control after your operation. If you have any questions after reading through this material, donāt hesitate to ask your surgeon.