- 3% of patients who underwent common shoulder arthroscopy procedures developed new persistent opioid use.
- The patient characteristic associated with the highest odds of prolonged opioid use was greater opioid use in the early postoperative period, followed by mental health disorder, alcohol dependence or abuse, female sex, older age and a history of pain diagnosis.
- Patients at high risk should be provided with appropriate preoperative education regarding their risk and close surveillance and treatment with alternative pain medications during the postoperative period.
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