Toronto General Hospital's pain service helps complex surgical patients wean off opioids: 6 study insights

Toronto, Canada-based Toronto General Hospital's Transitional Pain Service successfully reduced perioperative opioid use in complex pain patients, according to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Pain.

Researchers studied 251 surgical Toronto General Hospital patients with a high risk of developing chronic pain or persistent opioid use. They were divided into two categories — opioid inexperienced and opioid experienced — and evaluated six months after surgery.

Here are six insights about the pain program and its results:

1. Patients who didn't take opioids before surgery reduced their opioid intake by 69 percent postoperatively.

2. Forty-six percent of those patients weaned off opioids entirely.

3. Patients who did take opioids prior to surgery reduced opioid consumption by 44 percent.

4. Twenty-six percent of those patients weaned off opioids completely.

5. Consumption at the time of hospital discharge predicted weaning in opioid-naive patients, while weaning for the other group was predicted by pain catastrophizing, neuropathy and recreational drug use.

6. Pain and function were significantly improved for all patients.

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