- Preoperative opioid use is common among patients who undergo elective surgery, with 38% filling an opioid prescription in the 12 months before surgery.
- Even minimal opioid use before surgery increases the probability of needing additional postoperative prescriptions in the 30 days after surgery.
- Surgeons should take into account any preoperative opioid use in patients when prescribing and coordinating postoperative pain management.
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