You'll Be Comfortable after Surgery: The Ethical Imperative of Better Pre-Operative Pain Management for Osteoarthritis

Rutgers Journal of Bioethics, (2016-2017 Forthcoming)

FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 822

7 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2016

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Marshall B. Kapp

Florida State University - College of Law and College of Medicine

Date Written: November 18, 2016

Abstract

Based on the author’s own experience as a patient, this essay describes society’s need to effectively address the frequent failure of physicians to fulfill their ethical duty to alleviate the pain of patients with osteoarthritis who are awaiting surgery. While physicians are generous in prescribing opioid medications for orthopedic patients postoperatively, patients’ pre-operative pain often goes unrelieved, as physicians attempt to balance the obligation to act beneficently with their concern about harming the patient by enabling misuse or abuse of potentially life-threatening pharmacological agents.

Suggested Citation

Kapp, Marshall, You'll Be Comfortable after Surgery: The Ethical Imperative of Better Pre-Operative Pain Management for Osteoarthritis (November 18, 2016). Rutgers Journal of Bioethics, (2016-2017 Forthcoming); FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 822. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2872329

Marshall Kapp (Contact Author)

Florida State University - College of Law and College of Medicine ( email )

625 Eagle View Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32311
United States
618-534-1022 (Phone)

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