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gradually get better. Taking opioids for soreness is inappropriate. Patients must understand they're undergoing a major surgery — so you cannot completely eliminate their pain." Some facilities might lack the necessary resources to adopt opioid- free total knee arthroplasty, says Dr. Soffin. "But rather than abandon the goal entirely, they can implement an incremental approach," she adds. "Elements of an opioid-sparing approach should be achievable, and they will help to protect patients and improve outcomes." OSM J U L Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 2 1

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