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all candidate for the procedure," he says. Data suggest the fewer opioids chronic opioid users are on at the time of surgery, the better they're likely to recover from it. The idea is to use cryo as a means of help- ing chronic opioid users reduce their consumption in the months or weeks leading up to their pro- cedures. While research to support the benefits this promising pain relief technique is lacking, Dr. Hutchins likes what he's seeing so far from patients receiving cryo treatments. "They're coming to their one- month follow-up appointments and seem to be in less pain and they're using fewer opioids," he says. Comfort measures You owe it to your patients to use the latest proven technologies to treat pain. Not doing so can have major consequences. "Some research suggests poorly controlled acute pain increases the likeli- hood that patients could develop chronic post-operative pain, which could become a lifelong issue," says Dr. Hutchins. That's the last thing any patient expects when they undergo an elec- tive procedure meant to improve their overall health. In the end, as technologies like pain monitors, infusion pumps and cryoanalgesia find their way into standard pain management protocols, patients will bene- fit the most. OSM 2 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 The relief cryoanalgesia can provide allows patients to better prepare for their upcoming joint replacement surgery. — Jacob Hutchins, MD, MHA

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