"Opioid Free" Now An Option to Some Surgeries at Albany Med

Operating Room

Albany Medical Center is promoting new opioid free approaches to some surgeries

A new initiative called "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery" involves a more targeted approach to anesthetics and increases visits from members of a patient's surgical team after the operation to help assess pain-management options. 

Although the hospital stresses that opioids will still be a part of many surgeries, officials say in some cases skipping the opioids can actually help a patient go home sooner.

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