Opioid Use Before Hip or Knee Surgery Can Mean Trouble
“Doc, I know I need to do the surgery, but can you give me some oxycodone for pain until then? I’ll stop once I have the surgery.”
This is a common conversation in the office of a joint replacement surgeon. In the past, narcotic medication, commonly known as opioids, were given by physicians hoping to alleviate their patients’ pain and suffering. Unfortunately, we have learned that these medications may do more harm than good.