Surgeons tweaking procedures to combat opioid abuse

(MGN Online)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Changing a few things in surgery can make a big difference for patients in recovery.

And it's leading to shorter hospital stays and a lot less pain medication.

In fact, just a few hours after procedures, patients may be able to go home.

While an initial prescription for pain is usually prescribed, doctors say they are switching to anti-inflammatory medications by the end of the first week.

A critical step in reducing the odds for any type of dependence on an opioid prescription.

The hope is that if a patient isn't prescribed a large amount of pain pills, they will not only not get addicted to using them, but extras won't end up in the wrong hands.

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