Factors Associated with New Persistent Opioid Usage After Lung Resection
Brescia AA, Harrington CA, Mazurek AA, et al. Factors Associated With New Persistent Opioid Usage After Lung Resection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019;107(2):363-368. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.08.057
- 14% of opioid-naive patients continue to fill opioid prescriptions in the 3 to 6 months after lung resection.
- Adjuvant therapy and thoracotomy are the greatest risk factors for persistent opioid use following lung resection.
- Future studies should focus on reducing excess prescribing, perioperative patient education, and safe opioid disposal.