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Orthopedic surgery trainees are rarely trained in opioid prescribing

Reuters reports on study findings recently published in the American Journal of Surgery showing while most orthopedic surgery training programs allow their residents to prescribe opioids, they do not provide formal education around it.

Reuters spoke to Jeff Stepan, MD, orthopedic surgery resident at HSS, who was not involved in the study, but has researched alternative methods for institutions to reduce opioid use and control pain who said, “We need to have better upfront conversations with patients about surgery and expectations regarding recovery and pain.” Dr. Stepan added, "We need to do a better job of educating patients that undergoing surgery is painful, and no medicine will take away all the pain."

Read the article on news.yahoo.com.