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Special Edition: Opioids - January 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 7 T hose who accuse surgery of fan- ning the flames of the opioid epidemic point to mis- guided efforts to mask virtually all post-op pain and discomfort by writing prescrip- tions for too many heavy-duty opioids. Thankfully, surgical professionals are shift- ing from this single- minded focus to a multimodal approach to pain management that keeps patients as comfortable as possi- ble during their recoveries, all the while shielding them from depend- ence and addiction. "There was a heavy push to use opioids as the only means of provid- ing pain control," says Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, PhD, MBA, of the department of anesthesiology, critical care and pain management at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "Once opioids were Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Multimodal Analgesia Is a Must Attacking pain's many pathways is the key to reducing opioid use. • DOUBLING UP Combining nerve blocks and local infusions of anesthetics with non-opioid therapies effectively manages post-op pain, even for the most complex procedures. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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