Persistent Opioid Use Among Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults After Common Cleft Operations
Bennett KG, Harbaugh CM, Hu HM, et al. Persistent Opioid Use Among Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults After Common Cleft Operations. J Craniofac Surg. 2018;29(7):1697-1701. doi:10.1097/SCS.0000000000004762
- 4% of patients who undergo cleft-related surgery continue using opioids following surgery, compared with 0.1% of nonsurgical patients.
- Patients undergoing distractor placement have higher rates of opioid use three months after surgery.
- New persistent opioid use occurs after cleft-related procedures and can lead to chronic use in children, adolescents, and young adults.