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Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists suggests that opioid use among hip and knee arthroplasty patients decreased by one-third between 2006 and 2014. 

Members of the research team reviewed data on 377,657 hip arthroplasties and 779,338 knee arthroplasties conducted across 546 hospitals and compared the number of patients who received postsurgical opioids to those who received multimodal therapy. They found that, among hip arthroplasty patients, 27 percent received opioids alone to manage pain in 2006 compared to 10 percent in 2014. Among knee arthroplasty patients, 23 percent received opioids alone to manage pain in 2006 compared to 7 percent in 2014. Learn more...