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Comment & Response
July 2018

Defining Postoperative Opioid Needs Among Preoperative Opioid Users

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  • 1Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • 2Department of Surgery, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • 3Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • 4Department of Biomedical Data Sciences, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(7):689-690. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.0217

To the Editor We read with great interest the work by Scully et al1 defining the optimal length of opioid prescriptions after common surgical procedures. According to the results, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach for postoperative pain management, and they suggest an optimal length of opioid prescriptions between 4 and 15 days for short-term postoperative pain. However, despite being very informative and timely, we would like to address a few concerns regarding this article.

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