After orthopaedic surgery, physicians and nurses strive to alleviate the short term pain typically by prescribing opioids. In order to assess and manage both pre and post-operative patient pain, UDT’s remain one of the best methods for determining patient response to opioid therapy in order to adjust treatment plans accordingly.

Opioids are the most effective medicines for moderate to severe pain, especially for managing short term pain after surgery, but patient individuality and patient misuse of opioids make UDT’s a necessity for physicians striving to protect patient health and provide the highest quality neuro-musculoskeletal services.