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April 13th 2015:Opioid Abuse Post-Surgery and Tips for Safe Pain Management

Pain relief after surgery is an important part of the recovery process. Yet, millions of Americans report having used opioid prescription painkillers for nonmedical purposes at least once in their lives. No one disputes that opioid abuse is a problem, but what people may not know is it can start in a post-surgical setting. A New York City Department of Health study (reported in JAMA in June 2013) found that newly prescribed opioids after short-stay surgery are associated with a 44 percent increase in risk of becoming a long-term opioid user within 1 year. In July 2013, the Centers for Di

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Gregory V. Hickman, M.D.

Medical Director, Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Gregory V. Hickman, M.D. graduated from the Univ. Of Tennessee College Of Pharmacy with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1982 and completed his medical degree at the East Tennessee State Univ. College of Medicine in 1986. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at UAB in 1990. In 1990, Dr. Hickman began performing interscalene blocks for post-op shoulder surgery pain relief. As a pioneer of leading-edge pain management techniques, Dr. Hickman began working with Dr. James Andrews and joined him in opening the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL. Dr. Hickman serves as the Medical Director of the surgery center where he play
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