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The Future of Knee Repair - February 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A sk surgeons and anesthesia providers how they manage post-operative pain, and ambivalence regarding opioids is likely to quickly become apparent. Our recent survey shines a bright light on that ambivalence. The respons- es we got form a nearly perfect bell curve, with the vast majority somewhere in the middle, seemingly searching for the sweet spot that perfectly balances the benefits of opioids with their drawbacks. To gauge providers' attitudes, we gave them 4 choices. At one extreme were a defiant 9% who chose, "They're still the best way to manage pain, and when called for, they're my first choice." At the other extreme were 9% who said they consider using opioids "only as a last resort." And in between were the more than 80% combined who acknowl- edged concerns, but who won't relegate opioids to "last resort" status — 43% who said they're "open to reducing opioid use, but don't hesitate to use opioids when patients face real pain," and 39% who said they're F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 1 7 Post-op Pain in 2016 Our reader survey shows continued migration from opioids, toward multimodal. Jim Burger Associate Editor

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