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A study of the use of post-operative opioid analgesics following rhinology surgery in 35 patients

  • S Dodhia (a1), S Patel (a1), G Beghal (a1), K Pandey (a1) and C Hopkins (a2)...



Opioid analgesics are often prescribed following rhinology surgery. This study aimed to evaluate whether the quantity of opioid analgesics prescribed is justified.


Patients were asked about their pain management post-operatively. Parameters recorded included: current pain (using a 10-point Likert scale); type of operation; the opioid analgesics prescribed; and the quantity of opioid tablets taken and other methods of pain relief used.


Thirty-five patients were successfully contacted. The median pain score at one week post-operation was 1 (interquartile range, 0–3). Of these 35 patients, 16 were prescribed opioids, whilst 19 were not. Patients prescribed opioids took a median of 8 tablets (interquartile range, 0.8–10.5) out of the 28 tablets prescribed.


The study shows that the quantity of post-operative opioid analgesics prescribed does not compare with the amount consumed by patients to relieve pain, resulting in a surplus of opioid medication which has the potential to be abused.


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Author for correspondence: Mr Sachin Patel, GKT School of Medical Education, Hodgkin Building, Newcomen Street, LondonSE1 1UL, UK E-mail:


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Presented at the 27th Congress of the European Rhinologic Society, 22–26 April 2018, London, UK.



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A study of the use of post-operative opioid analgesics following rhinology surgery in 35 patients

  • S Dodhia (a1), S Patel (a1), G Beghal (a1), K Pandey (a1) and C Hopkins (a2)...


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