Preoperative opioid use linked with lower outcome scores after TSA

Patients with a history of preoperative opioid use experienced significantly lower preoperative baseline and final outcome scores after total shoulder arthroplasty than patients who did not take opioids preoperatively, according to results.

Researchers retrospectively compared data for 60 patients with a history of preoperative opioid use for shoulder pain who underwent total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) to a control group of 164 patients who did not take opioids preoperatively. Researchers assessed patient-reported outcome measurements, range of motion and patient satisfaction preoperatively and at most recent follow-up.

Source: Healio

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