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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Feb 23, 2018, 08:18 PM

5. Its happening here

Some of that is due to self protection, as you suggest, some of it is due to state regulations. As a surgeon, you can imagine that writing prescriptions for pain medications is a routine part of my practice. As it stands now, I do not prescribe opiates preoperatively, namely because patients become desensitized to the effects of opiates and I want to be able to control their pain postoperatively. After surgery, my patients get one prescription, that’s it. If they need more, I contact their PCP and we come up with a plan for pain control that will be individualized and managed by that provider.

I wouldn’t say that we are ignoring real pain, but I do see a concerted effort, at least in my practice, to comply with state regulations and to attempt to find better ways of controlling pain. If only our state weren’t the buckle of the Bible Belt, we might have medical marijuana as an alternative to opiates.

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