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Survey: Total Knee Patients Want Opioid Alternatives

Published: August 7, 2017

WANTS VS. KNEES Patients may put off surgery if they think opioids will interfere with their work lives.

Potential total knee patients are likely to be very worried about opioids, and less likely to postpone surgery if they can be convinced their pain will be managed with strategies that de-emphasize or eliminate them.

Those are among the key takeaways from a recent survey supported by SPR Therapeutics, which markets implants designed to provide opioid-free peripheral nerve stimulation, and published in Reconstructive Review, the journal of the Joint Implant Surgery & Research Foundation.

Among 654 survey respondents, 92% said they would be inclined to seek surgeons who offered effective non-opiate pain-management options during the first several weeks after surgery, and 66% said they would likely switch surgeons if it meant their pain would be managed without opioids.

The survey also found that more than half (54%) of patients with knee osteoarthritis had delayed having their knees replaced for 2 or more years, with many citing concerns about pain, work interference and the potential side effects of opioids.

Jim Burger

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