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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Scully RE, Nguyen LL. Defining Postoperative Opioid Needs Among Preoperative Opioid Users—Reply. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(7):690. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.0218
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