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Comment & Response
July 2018

Defining Postoperative Opioid Needs Among Preoperative Opioid Users—Reply

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  • 1Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(7):690. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.0218

In Reply We greatly appreciate Hah and Hernandez-Boussard for their interest in our article1 and thoughtful comments. We very much agree that preoperative opioid pain medication use is an important risk factor not only for ongoing opioid use after surgery but also for patient management and counseling, particularly given its known association with increased perioperative complications, longer hospital stays, and higher health care costs.2

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