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Opioid use before knee replacement surgery results in worse pain outcomes for patients

Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Patients who had higher pain catastrophizing, the degree of an exaggerated, negative response to pain, were more likely to take opioids for pain relief, a team of investigators found.

They found that patients who used opioids to manage their knee pain before their total knee replacement had less pain relief after the operation. According to a new study, patients who took opioids before knee surgery experienced about 9 percent less pain reduction at 6 months following surgery compared to patients who did not. Read more:

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