Managing Pain With Fewer Opioids After Joint Replacement

Managing Pain With Fewer Opioids After Joint Replacement

Using two or more pain control methods after hip and knee replacement surgery rather than opioid painkillers alone reduces risks to patients, a new study finds.

Using two or more pain control methods after hip and knee replacement surgery rather than opioid painkillers alone reduces risks to patients, a new study finds.

"Patients need to be aware that there are ways to treat their pain during and after surgery in addition to opioids," said study author Dr. Stavros Memtsoudis.

"If the doctor prescribes more than one type of medicine for your pain, it may reduce your need for opioids," added Memtsoudis, a senior scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Source: HealthDay

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