OTO: Postoperative Opioid Prescribing and Consumption Patterns after Tonsillectomy

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This podcast highlights original research published in the December 2019 issue of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation.

Despite increased concern with the opioid epidemic, literature remains scant regarding narcotic prescription and use following tonsillectomy.

In conclusion, patient-reported narcotic use is significantly lower than the amount prescribed after tonsillectomy for benign disease. Providers can use these data to adjust narcotic-prescribing patterns while maintaining appropriate pain management for patients undergoing tonsillectomy.

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