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terminology indicates the use of alternative means to decrease anxi- ety and discomfort," she says. Surgeons are being asked to completely change how they've always approached pain management, points out Ms. Byrd. "In the recent past, they were encouraged to ensure pain was essentially eliminat- ed," she explains. "Now, they're being asked to limit the use of opioids and prescribe based on a patient's specific needs." Ms. Byrd points out that surgeons have traditionally used opioids as the primary way to eliminate pain, and wrote prescriptions without hesitation based on patients' self-reported pain levels. That needs to change. "Society has taught patients that their pain levels must be at or near zero," says Ms. Byrd. "It's our duty to tilt the pendulum back to treat the patient, not the number." OSM 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0

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