Joint replacement surgery recovery can bring pain and discomfort. In the past, when these surgeries were done in a hospital and a patient required 3-4 days of hospital stay, opioids were often prescribed generously to treat the pain. However, with growing opioids addiction awareness, many orthopedic surgeons are switching to managing pain by nerve pain medication or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Aleve or Tylenol.
A new study was published in June 2021 in Annals of Surgery. The study’s objective was to compare outcomes after surgery between patients who were not prescribed opioids and patients who were prescribed opioids. They looked at over 22,000 patients and came to the conclusion that both groups had similar clinical and patient reported outcomes. They suggest that taking opioids out of the post-surgical equation does not adversely affect patients.
If you are preparing for surgery, discuss your pain management approach with your surgeon. Health Vantis works with orthopedic facilities that use non-opioids in their post-surgical pain management. One of the facilities we work with focuses exclusively on joint replacement and created a program that leads to successful recovery without the use of opioids.
If you would like to find out more information about private joint replacement without the use of highly addictive drugs, please reach out to us toll-free 877 344 3544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org