Perioperative use of opioids: Current controversies and concerns

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In the midst of an epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose-related morbidity and mortality, the use of opioids remains the most common means of providing analgesia in the perioperative period. In this article, we review the risks and benefits of opioid use in preoperative, intraoperative and post-operative phases of care. Furthermore, we describe the role that surgeons and anaesthesiologists can play in reducing perioperative opioid use and mitigate their adverse effects, from both an individual and a population health perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-351
Number of pages11
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2019


  • intraoperative period
  • opioid-related adverse events
  • opioids
  • pain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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