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Published: June 5, 2017

  • Opioid dependence in urology About 1 in 1,110 patients who undergo outpatient or inpatient urologic procedures such as kidney stone removal, hernia repairs and prostatectomies are likely to abuse opioids after surgery, according to a study published in the Journal of Urology. Risk factors for post-op opioid dependence or overdose included younger age, inpatient surgery, baseline depression, tobacco use and COPD.
  • Spinal fusion stimulators recalled Zimmer Biomet is recalling 2 of its implantable spinal fusion stimulators — the SpF PLUS-Mini and SpF XL IIb — because they were found to have higher-than-allowed levels of chemicals that can be toxic to tissues and organs. The company discovered the problem during routine monitoring.
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