top of page

May I Have More, Please?

Since the opioid crisis forced a relook at the way we manage pain, there is strong momentum toward limiting and perhaps avoiding narcotics as part of the foot-and-ankle surgical experience.

An opioid-free bunion experience

Presenting at AOFAS 2022, Tyler Gonzales shared results from a study he and his colleagues conducted of patients who completed a comprehensive opioid-free, multimodal pain management protocol, which included oral pregabalin, acetaminophen, ketorolac, and cyclobenzaprine to be administered immediately after surgery.

Education for our patients

Overall, 18% of their patients required opioids during the first two weeks, postoperatively. Interestingly, regional block was not part of this analysis and another modality to move away from opioids with foot and ankle surgery.

“We use this pathway now in a large percentage of our practice, including all our [minimally invasive] cases..." Gonzales said.

5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

AVN & Prosthetic Replacement of the Talus

Avascular necrosis of the talus has been a diagnosis vexing foot-and-ankle surgeons for a long time. Real pain and disability with treatment options have often been lacking. Let's take a deeper look a

Cannabinoids in Orthopedics

Cannabis sativa derivatives, or cannabinoids, are making their way into many of our pain strategies. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most popular because of the lack of psychotropic effects. Deckey et al. fo


FIX Masthead 2000x318 v2.jpg
bottom of page