New Persistent Opioid Use Following Common Forefoot Procedures for the Treatment of Hallux Valgus (Bunion)
Finney FT, Gossett TD, Hu HM, et al. New Persistent Opioid Use Following Common Forefoot Procedures for the Treatment of Hallux Valgus. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019;101(8):722-729. doi:10.2106/JBJS.18.00793
- The rate of new persistent opioid use among patients who underwent open treatment of hallux valgus was 6.2%
- Patients who underwent treatment with a first metatarsal-cuneiform arthrodesis were 1.2 times more likely to have new persistent opioid use than those who underwent distal metatarsal osteotomy.
- Prescriptions filled before surgery and the amount of opioids prescribed are factors that can be modified by the physician to help counsel at-risk patients.