Opioid Use Common Even after Minor Surgery

April 18, 2017

(Reuters) – The risk that surgery patients will become chronic opioid users may be similar after minor procedures or major operations, a U.S. study suggests. Three to six months after surgery, new chronic opioid use was about 5.9 percent with minor operations and 6.5 percent with major surgery, the study found. The rate was just 0.4 percent in people who didn’t get surgery. A history of chronic pain appeared to be a better predictor of post-operative opioid use than the type of surgery, the study found.

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