Opioid Prescribing for Analgesia After Common Otolaryngology Operations

Published: April 2021
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  • Key Points
  • Definitions
  • Tables
    • Summary of Key Action Statements (KAS)
    • Duration of Analgesia Use and Severity of Pain After Common Otolaryngology Surgeries
    • Risk Factors for OUD
    • Risks and Benefits of Analgesic Medication Classes
    • Distribution in Opioid Consumption After Common Otolaryngology Operations
    • Abbreviated List of Medicines Recommended for Disposal by Flushing
    • Frequently Asked Questions Comparing Nonopioid and Opioid Medications
    • Frequently Asked Questions About Opioids
  • Figures
    • Source of Misused Prescription Pain Medications, by Age
    • Secure Storage and Disposal of Opioids
    • Patient Education Materials on Postoperative Pain Control and Opioid Use
    • Algorithm: Opioids Guideline Key Action Statements
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The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy represents approximately 12,000 otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of those areas. The medical disorders treated by our physicians are among the most common that afflict all Americans, young and old. They include chronic ear infection, sinusitis, snoring and sleep apnea, hearing loss, allergies and hay fever, swallowing disorders, nosebleeds, hoarseness, dizziness, and head and neck cancer.


This pocket guide attempts to define principles of practice that should produce high-quality patient care. It is applicable to specialists, primary care, and providers at all levels. This pocket guide should not be considered exclusive of other methods of care reasonably directed at obtaining the same results. The ultimate judgment concerning the propriety of any course of conduct must be made by the clinician after consideration of each individual patient situation. Neither IGC, the medical associations, nor the authors endorse any product or service associated with the distributor of this clinical reference tool.


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