I read with great interest the editorial from Kharasch and Clark, titled “Opioid-free Anesthesia: Time to Regain Our Balance.”1 However, after reading the editorial, I am still unclear on why we need such a discussion in the context of Beloeil et al.’s study.2 Opioid-free anesthesia is not just about replacing an opioid with a nonopioid analgesic. Maybe in the United States the use of opioids is more concerning because it is established that 80% of the world opioid consumption occurs in the United States. In my opinion, the real question is: Do we need opioids to optimize perioperative care and recovery of a surgical patient? Although Shanthanna et al.3 provide evidence that opioids are not always required if patients are properly selected and regional anesthesia and complementary techniques are included, consideration should also...
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Correspondence| October 2021
Opioid-free Anesthesia: Comment
(Accepted for publication July 6, 2021. Published online first on August 13, 2021.)
Anesthesiology October 2021, Vol. 135, 756–757.
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Jacques E. Chelly; Opioid-free Anesthesia: Comment. Anesthesiology 2021; 135:756–757 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003911
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