Study: Patients Use Only About Half of Opioids Prescribed After Hysterectomy

Study: Patients Use Only About Half of Opioids Prescribed After Hysterectomy

Doctors may be prescribing nearly twice the number of opioids than the average patient needs after a hysterectomy, a new study suggests. MORE FROM THE LAB: Subscribe to our weekly newsletter Researchers at the University of Michigan tracked opioid use in roughly 100 women two weeks after undergoing a hysterectomy for benign reasons. Women were commonly prescribed about 40 hydrocodone pills but on average had nearly 22 left over, according to the findings published in the December issue of The Green Journal, the official publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “A hysterectomy is the most common surgical...

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