Surgeons tweaking procedures to combat opioid abuse
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.