Managing post-surgical pain without opioids

The Advocate - As the opioid epidemic raged on in 2018, dialogues swirled around who to blame for the crisis and how to cut opioids from the treatment narrative. While opioids have long been considered a standard in preoperative and postoperative pain management, many patients are beginning to wonder how the reduction in opioid prescribing may impact their pain management needs during and after acute surgical procedures down the road. In an effort to address the patient concerns, many physicians are exploring more and more alternatives to traditional opioid pain management for their patients.