Use Of Opioids Before Abdominal Wall Repair Raises Post-Op Time

November 22, 2016

Patients who use opioids before abdominal wall repair have a greater need for opioids while in the hospital, and their stay may be longer than for patients who do not use the drugs before surgery, according to research presented at the Americas Hernia Society 2016 meeting.   Researchers from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, over a 5-year data collection period on ventral hernia patients , concluded that patients who use opioids before AWR have a higher opioid requirement during their hospitalization, and that this may lead to a longer stay.