Opioid dependency common after joint replacement

Hip and knee replacement patients are often still taking opioids many months after their surgery, a US study reveals.

Of those who were taking opioids before surgery, 53% of knee replacement and 35% of hip replacement patients were still on their pain medication six months later, data from nearly 600 people shows.

But even those who were not taking opioids before their operation were in danger of dependency

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