This study states that Overprescription of opioids after surgical procedures is recognized as an important contributor to opioid misuse. Dialysis access procedures are commonly performed outpatient operations with few data or guidelines to inform prescription pain management practices. We sought to characterize opioid pain medication use after dialysis access surgery to promote a conservative approach to postoperative opioid prescriptions. We performed a retrospective review of patients who underwent surgical dialysis access procedures from August 2018 through January 2019. Patient-reported opioid use information was captured in a brief questionnaire administered during routine follow-up appointments or phone calls and recorded in the electronic medical record. The procedure, type of intraoperative anesthesia or analgesia, postoperative prescription provided, and patient factors (including age, sex, dialysis type, history of chronic pain, and preoperative opioid or benzodiazepine use) were recorded. All procedures were classified by type (arteriovenous fistula or graft with a short incision [AVF-S], arteriovenous fistula or graft with a long incision [AVF-L], or peritoneal dialysis [PD] catheter), and descriptive statistics were performed using R (R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria).

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