Reducing opioid utilization after ureteroscopy
What is the ROCKS Pain-Control Optimization initiative?
Opioid prescribing after ureteroscopy has decreased over time, although there is wide variation among urologists and urology practices across the state of Michigan. Starting in 2016, MUSIC ROCKS began employing efforts towards reducing opioid prescribing following stone surgery and as result, realized an overall reduction of more than 70% across the state of Michigan. In terms of community impact, this has resulted in approximately 2,100 fewer patients receiving opioids per year, 40,000 fewer opioids in the community, and 140 fewer patients have become opioid dependent.
What we do?
- Developed a pain management strategy that focuses on the use of opioid alternatives to manage pain and urinary symptoms following ureteroscopy.