Moderator: Jonah J. Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS,Chicago, IL
Co-Moderator: Melissa Vanover, MD, Sacramento, CA

In 2015, there were 52,404 lethal drug overdoses; of these nearly two-thirds involved an opioid. As surgeons manage postoperative pain in their patients, strategies to judiciously prescribe and advise patients if, when, and how to use opioids and a variety of alternative pain medications are needed. Implementation of opioid-sparing alternatives and pain management protocols, particularly in conjunction with enhanced recovery guidelines, will be discussed with evidence provided from institutions and across surgical specialties. Algorithms to manage the opioid-naïve as well as opioid-tolerant patient will also be highlighted. Opioid-sparing perioperative interventions will also be highlighted such that the surgical team will emerge with a higher level of awareness of acute pain management techniques that can be used pre-, intra- and postoperatively. The educational content presented may be used to satisfy the surgeon’s controlled substances or pain management CME requirements for state licensing boards.

Presentations and Speakers

Jonah J. Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS, Chicago, IL

Patient Engagement: Setting Expectations and Implementing a Graded Approach for Pain Control 
Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, Ann Arbor, MI

Pre- and Intraoperative Multimodal Pain Therapy
Michael A. Ashburn, MD, MPH, Philadelphia, PA

Postoperative Pain Management for the Hospitalized Patient
Michael D. Sarap, MD, FACS, Cambridge, OH

Transition of Care to the Outpatient Setting: Decreasing Readmissions and Complications
Bridget N. Fahy, MD, FACS, Albuquerque, NM