How to Transition Away from Opioid Use
Patients are becoming more proactive in their search for surgical care providers whose priorities match their own. More often than ever, patients are thinking ahead to their recovery and wondering how soon they can be back on their feet and resume a normal life. For these patients, surgery centers and hospitals using a traditional opioid-based approach to pain management aren’t going to make the cut. While slower recovery times and longer hospitalization are documented effects of opioid use[i], there are other options on the market.
In Proven Opioid Reduction Measures Jim Stilley, CEO at Michigan Orthopaedic Surgeons, offers insight into the following areas:
- Choosing the best non-opioid pain treatments
- Getting patients on board with opioids alternatives
- Better enabling physicians to achieve good outcomes
[i] Zywiel MG1, Stroh DA, Lee SY, et al. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Nov 2;93(21):1988-93.