Opioid-Free Shoulder Surgery; Tips on Post-Operative Shoulder Surgery…

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Dr. Kevin Plancher

Patients shouldn’t have to endure severe pain at any time after surgery, and doctors should make sure of that. But the vast majority of the time, keeping patients comfortable after shoulder surgery is doable without resorting to addictive opioid drugs.

With a worsening opioid addiction epidemic in the United States, patients undergoing shoulder surgery should understand what to expect regarding post-operative pain and pain relief options, says orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Surgery can involve experiencing some pain, but recent advances in…

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