- The study considered patients at a single center having abdominopelvic surgeries (appendectomy, cholecystectomy, gynecologic and bowel procedures, etc.) and found that patients using opioids preoperatively had 9.2% higher costs.
- Patients with preoperative opioid use had longer length of stay at the hospital, more complications and more readmissions, indicating that preoperative opioid use is a modifiable risk factor for surgery.
Cron DC, Englesbe MJ, Bolton CJ, et al. Preoperative Opioid Use is Independently Associated With Increased Costs and Worse Outcomes After Major Abdominal Surgery. Ann Surg. 2017;265(4):695-701. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000001901