Recovering from surgery can be painful. That’s why lots of surgeons give patients narcotics post-operatively. But that is also the time when people can get hooked on narcs. Here is a picture of how many patients take narcotics for at least 3 months following a surgical procedure:
Perhaps orthopedic surgeons should ask for help from palliative care/pain specialists for more of their patients!
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