Slowing Down of Knee Surgery Recovery Tied Up with Painkiller Dependence

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The discovery of painkiller is one of the very useful and significant breakthroughs which many individuals now are benefiting form the numbness effects of painkillers leading to pain reliefs. The use of painkillers are very common nowadays especially among those individuals who are suffering from severe pain such as those individuals who are suffering from metastatic cancer pain. Also, all surgeries which are invasive and can cause a certain amount of pain depending on the body part affected and the technique which will be used by the health care provider can benefit from the use of pain killers. However, it was found out that painkiller dependence among those individuals who are going to submit themselves for knee surgery might actually decrease or slow down the recovery processes, according to a new study.

The new study which was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery revealed that the recovery stage among individuals who are dependent on pain killers prior to knee replacement surgery can be much difficult and slowed down. The pain killer which is tested in the study is the use of powerful opioid painkillers which are also known as morphine, codeine, and oxycodone.

According to the Waismann Clinic, Opiate Dependency and Treatment Center, “Research indicates that every year nearly two million Americans use prescription opioid painkillers, and in some communities, abuse of prescription painkillers has overtaken cocaine and marijuana use. The 2002 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) showed that approximately 9% of the U.S. population has used pain relievers illegally in their lifetime. An estimated 1.6 million Americans used prescription-type pain relievers non-medically for the first time in 1998. This represents a significant increase since the 1980s, when there were generally fewer than 500,000 new users per year.”

The new study involved the analysis and examination of data from the comparison of recovery rates of about 49 patients who underwent knee replacement surgeries with painkiller dependence prior to surgery and those patients who underwent the same surgery, but with no painkiller dependence.

The findings of the study revealed that those patients who were actually opioid dependent before the knee replacement surgeries were inclined to have longer span of hospitalization days, unexplained stiffness and pain on the affected part, and heightened rates of complications which can brought a series of additional surgery to correct and treat the patients as compared to those individuals who were not opioid dependent prior the surgery.

Also, according to Dr. Michael A. Mont, principal investigator, director of the Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, he said: “We expected to find that the opioid-dependent patients have worse outcomes. But the differences between the two groups of patients were even greater than we thought they would be. The chronic narcotics users did significantly worse in every category.”

Moreover, the study is not implicating that those patients who were opioid dependent before the surgery should not have their surgeries, but the study gives additional information especially to the patients and their physicians that the recovery process of those opioid dependent patients may not be as fast compared to those who are not dependent.





  1. Tramadol is used for treating moderate to moderately severe pain.

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  2. Stwart Jenssen says:

    Ultram is the brand name of the generic drug Tramadol. Tramadol is a narcotic like pain reliever used for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain. It is a centrally acting opioid. Its extended release form is used for around the clock treatment. It is a habit forming drug and can cause addiction on regular use. It can cause physical or psychological dependence. Do not share such narcotic painkillers with anyone having a history of drug abuse or addiction as it can be fatal for them. Tramadol may even cause a seizure in some patient who has a history of seizure or convulsion. Therefore such people should seek immediate medical attention.
    The side effects include symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach upset, faster heartbeat, hallucination, agitation, overactive reflexes, dizziness, drowsiness, nervousness, anxiety, headache, spinning sensation, blisters on skin, rashes, loss of coordination, fainting and seizure or convulsions. It might also cause allergic reactions like difficulty in breathing, hives, swelling of lips, tongue, throat and face. It may even impair the thinking and reacting ability of the person using it on a regular basis. Currently it is not a Schedule drug in US. However, such medicines should be used with proper care and precaution. For more information about such pain pills one can go online and visit sites like FindRxOnline and gather necessary details about it.

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