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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

AAHKS 2017 – Opioid Use

Opioid Use Before and After Knee Surgery

Dallas, November 5, 2017 — Patients who used opioids prior to total knee replacement surgery required more refills and were more likely to remain on opioids after surgery according to the study, “Patients at Risk: Preoperative Opioid Use Affects Opioid Prescribing, Refills and Outcomes after Total Knee Arthroplasty.” Nicholas M. Hernandez, MD, presented the study at the 2017 American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting.

Dr. Hernandez and his co-authors, Tad M. Mabry, MD and Michael J. Taunton, MD, conducted a retrospective review that identified 53 total knee arthroplasty patients who used opioids and 113 patients who did not use opioids prior to surgery.

Researchers concluded that while patients who used opioids prior to surgery were discharged with less opioids, they required more refills and were more likely to remain on opioids among other findings.

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About the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons:

Established in 1991, the mission of AAHKS is to advance hip and knee patient care through education and advocacy. AAHKS has a membership of over 3,700 surgeons and other hip and knee health care professionals.

Contact:
Denise Smith Rodd
drodd@aahks.org