- Preoperative opioid use is an independent risk factor for longer hospital stays, higher 30-day readmission rates, higher probability of being discharged to a rehabilitation facility, and greater healthcare expenses in the postoperative period.
- Identifying strategies to minimize opioid consumption prior to surgery will aid in reducing patient risk, improving outcomes, and lowering healthcare costs.
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