Dec 9, 2019
This podcast highlights original research published in the December 2019 issue of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation.
Despite increased concern with the opioid epidemic, literature remains scant regarding narcotic prescription and use following tonsillectomy.
In conclusion, patient-reported narcotic use is significantly lower than the amount prescribed after tonsillectomy for benign disease. Providers can use these data to adjust narcotic-prescribing patterns while maintaining appropriate pain management for patients undergoing tonsillectomy.