Treating Postoperative Pain: A Better Way

You might be surprised that your post-operative patients require fewer oral pain medications than you think.  Many patients are first exposed to opioids in a surgical setting.  A rather shocking statistic is that approximately 6% of surgical patients who are prescribed opioids become long-term users.  This course will describe the benefits of reduced or eliminated opioid use post-operatively.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for Physicians, Physician Assistants and Advanced Nurse Practitioners who are certified to prescribe controlled substances. 

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to: 

  • Recognize the non-opioid approach to pharmacological treatment of post-operative pain. 

Additional Information

The Medical Foundation of Alabama
Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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William Jay Suggs, MD, M.D.

Dr. Suggs is a board-certified surgeon, and is a member of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and now sits on the Board of Censors of the Medical Association. Dr. Suggs received his general surgery training at the Mayo Clinic and bariatric surgery fellowship at Princeton, N.J. to start his first bariatric surgery Center of Excellence in Decatur. He also practices in Huntsville and Madison. He has degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Emory University, and his medical degree from UAB.  

Dr. Suggs has special interests in medical education and research, serving as an associate professor of surgery at the UAB Huntsville Regional Campus, as well as the director for the Huntsville campus of the ACOM and VCOM-Auburn medical schools. He has been involved in the leadership of multiple professional organizations and hospitals. 


The speaker, planners and staff who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.  All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

The Medical Foundation of Alabama designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama through the joint providership of the Medical Foundation of Alabama and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. The Medical Foundation of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Instructions for Earning Credit:  Learner must review all of the content included in the online video course, pass the online post-test with a score of at least 70%, and complete the course evaluation electronically.  Note: Post-test is automatically locked after four unsuccessful attempts.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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This course is offered through the Medical Association of The State of Alabama. 

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