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Can the type of lung surgery I have influence my risk of opioid dependency?

The type of lung surgery you have can influence your risk of opioid dependency. The results of a comprehensive study showed that people who underwent an open, traditional lung resection with a large incision had nearly double the risk of becoming long-term opioid users in comparison to those who received their operations via a minimally invasive approach such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). The researchers found that 17 percent of people who underwent a traditional lung operation went on to become new persistent opioid users, compared to 9 percent of the people who received a minimally invasive lung surgery.

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