March 20, 2019
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VIDEO: Patient education is critical to reduce opioid use in patients who undergo arthroscopic meniscectomy

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LAS VEGAS — At the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, James Gladstone, MD, chief of the orthopedic sports medicine service in the department of orthopedic surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System and associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, spoke about patient education on postoperative pain management for arthroscopic meniscectomy.

Prior to surgery, patients were told to only take opioids if their pain was severe. If their pain was not severe, they were told to use anti-inflammatories, such as Advil or Aleve, and use ice. He said patient education reduced the use of pills from 16 pills to four pills per procedure and patients stopped taking opioids sooner