Rick Wright, MD, the author of this blog, is a sports medicine physician at Washington University Orthopedics in St. Louis and the head team physician for the St. Louis Blues. He specializes in the treatment of sports-related injuries, and has special interests in knee ACL and revision ACL injuries, meniscus injuries, articular cartilage injuries of the knee, shoulder instability, rotator cuff disease, and total knee replacements. Your comments and feedback are encouraged.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Opioid Use Around ACL Surgery
U Iowa study looking at opioid use surrounding ACL tears and surgery. 1/3 were using opioids before surgery and 5% were still using at 12 months after surgery. Get off of them presurgery if at all possible! ACL tears don't hurt once the swelling and bruising is gone. No one walks around and says my torn ACL is sore today. It is a functional injury. Remaining on opioids makes pain control after surgery difficult and increases risk of long term addiction. Read details HERE