MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Alexis Colvin, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid and orthopaedic surgeons are the 3rd highest prescribers of opioids. Set guidelines for post surgery opioid prescriptions have not been established. Arthroscopic knee meniscectomy is one of the most common orthopaedic procedures. The purpose of this study was to determine how many opioids were being prescribed among a group of six sports fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons versus how many patients were actually using.