Paul is talking via satellite with Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Scott Sigman, Pacira Pharmaceuticals Consultant. Opiods have taken over the news headlines lately and there is a huge reason why.
Each year, more than 70 million postsurgical patients receive opioids and research shows that one in 15 will go on to long-term use of these medications putting them at risk for abuse or addiction. These statistics indicate that the use of opioids in hospitals has become an unintentional gateway to the opioid crisis sweeping the nation.
While prescription opioids can be an important part of treatment, patients and caregivers should also be aware of alternatives that are available to effectively manage pain after surgery.