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Raebel MA, Newcomer SR, Reifler LM
Chronic use of opioid medications before and after bariatric surgery.
This study of 11,179 obese patients receiving bariatric surgery found that among the 933 who were using opioids chronically before bariatric surgery, 77 percent continued chronic opioid use in the year following surgery (excluding the first 30 days after surgery). The amount of chronic opioid use was greater postoperatively than preoperatively.
Citation: Raebel MA, Newcomer SR, Reifler LM . Chronic use of opioid medications before and after bariatric surgery. JAMA. 2013 Oct 2;310(13):1369-76. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.278344..
Keywords: Medication, Obesity, Opioids, Pain, Substance Abuse, Surgery