Changing Surgical Course

Open surgery has saved the lives of patients, but, in some cases, can potentially set up future dangers. The dangers come in the form of medicine needed for recovery and pain management. A growing trend sees an overprescription of opioids. One solution may start in the operating room. Can a minimally invasive approach reduce prescriptions, saving even more lives?

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Understanding opioids

Opioids are a term for a group of pain-relieving prescription drugs. Common opioids are oxycodone, codeine, and hydrocodone. Opioids work on a cellular level, reducing the perception of pain in the brain and body. Surgeons often prescribe opioids to manage severe pain patients experience after surgery. But is overprescription a big concern?

A revolving drug problem

Opioids contribute to 68% of drug-related deaths in America. Up to 40% of opioid-related deaths are prescriptions. Because of the effectiveness of opioids, overdependence becomes easy. Overdependence leads to refilling prescriptions long after the pain goes away. The revolving door leads to addiction, even overdosing and death.

A minimalist approach to healthcare

Open surgery helps surgeons to see the area needing attention clearly. Large incisions mean increased pain and healing time. With minimally invasive surgery (MIS), small incisions of less than an inch allow an endoscope to help perform surgeries. Surgeons can now operate using small tools from a second or third incision while viewing the surgical area remotely. The objective is to improve accuracy and speed while reducing infections and recovery.

The advantages of MIS

For MIS patients, recovery time decreases significantly. For example, the initial recovery period is 6-8 weeks for open carpal tunnel surgery. Whereas endoscopic release surgery has seen initial recovery times in 3-4 weeks. Shorter recovery times mean a smaller prescription. Smaller incisions mean less pain, faster recovery, and better management of drugs. And less pain means fewer pills needed altogether.

The proof is in the surgery

The data backs up the use of MIS to reduce opioid prescriptions and overdependence. A study monitored 150 patients for 4 different minimally invasive surgeries, and over 70% of the study group used 0% to only 50% of the prescribed opioids over the first 3-5 days. Some surgeons went a step further, reducing the prescriptions on 4 MIS to 45% over a 10-month period. The reduction saved over 10,000 pills with few requests for refills. But can minimally invasive surgery also help with addiction? A recent study compared addiction from open lung surgery versus a minimally invasive procedure. The rate of opioid addiction in open surgeries versus MIS was almost 2 to 1.

Less pain means fewer opioids

Opting for a less invasive surgery instead of open surgery helps in more ways than one. Measuring the degree of pain after surgery is difficult. Now, surgeons feel confident in providing fewer opioid prescriptions with minimally invasive surgery. The fight against potential addiction begins in the operating room.

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