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STUDY LOOKS AT OPIOID IMPACTS IN KNEE REPLACE CASES

Local medial researchers are encouraging doctors to talk with their patients about long-term implications of opioid therapy after finding patients who used opioids to manage pain before a knee replacement felt less relief after the surgery.

A Brigham and Women's Hospital study of 156 patients who had total knee replacement at the average age of 66 found those who used opioids prior to surgery had about 9 percent less pain reduction six months after the operation.


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