Role of the Pediatric Surgeon in Postoperative Opioid Stewardship

Mehul V. Raval*, Willemijn L.A. Schäfer

*Corresponding author for this work

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For many children, their first exposure to opioids occurs after undergoing a medical or dental procedure. In this chapter, we review the role that surgeons play in postoperative opioid prescribing for children undergoing surgery. We explore current prescribing guidelines and contraindications that are specifically applicable to children undergoing surgery. Last, we explore strategies to improve appropriate opioid prescriptions following surgery and conclude with recommendations for surgeons to consider.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOpioid Therapy in Infants, Children, and Adolescents
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030362874
ISBN (Print)9783030362867
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Children’s surgery
  • Opioid
  • Opioid stewardship
  • Pain control
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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