post·​sur·​gi·​cal | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce postsurgical (audio) \

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postsurgically \ ˌpōs(t)-​ˈsər-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce postsurgically (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web California hospitals had 14 percent fewer postsurgical deaths than New Jersey and 11 percent fewer than Pennsylvania, when matched for variables other than staffing ratios. Roni Jacobson, Scientific American, "Widespread Understaffing of Nurses Increases Risk to Patients," 14 July 2015 According to postsurgical guidelines spearheaded by Johns Hopkins last year, those surgeries should require at most 30 pills for a bypass, and 10 pills for minimally invasive gallbladder removal, lumpectomy and minimally invasive hysterectomy. Julie Appleby,, "Study finds international differences in filling opioid prescriptions," 11 Sep. 2019 Deaths involving fentanyl, normally used as a treatment for severe or postsurgical pain, began to rise in 2016 and have spiked locally since June, according to county data. Anchorage Daily News, "Warning issued after at least 3 high schoolers around Seattle die from fentanyl-laced pills," 7 Oct. 2019 Many patients recovering from surgery cannot drive, Bettger points out, which means that an affordable in-home option could vastly improve postsurgical care. Garnet Henderson, Scientific American, "Virtual Physical Therapy Could Help Fill Gaps in Treating All Too Real Pain," 21 Aug. 2019 The postsurgical prescribing falloff seen in Michigan does not likely reflect a broader trend, especially where there is less emphasis on such guidelines. Juliet Appleby, Los Angeles Times, "Doctors can change opioid prescribing habits, but progress comes in small doses," 16 Aug. 2019 Privately, Armstrong’s two sons, Mark and Rick Armstrong, accused the hospital of flawed postsurgical treatment that ultimately killed their father, launching a two-year-long legal battle between the family and the medical institution. Fox News, "Neil Armstrong's family received $6 million in malpractice settlement 2 years after astronaut's death: report," 24 July 2019 Patients with nowhere to go remained in temporary postsurgical units for as long as 24 hours, prolonging their recovery. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "What Does Knee Surgery Cost? Few Know, and That’s a Problem," 21 Aug. 2018 Medicare restricts reimbursement for postsurgical nonopioids. WSJ, "Feds Must Change the Law About Opioid Alternatives," 7 June 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Postsurgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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post·​sur·​gi·​cal | \ -ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce postsurgical (audio) \

Medical Definition of postsurgical

: postoperative postsurgical swelling a postsurgical patient

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