The management of your pain is of great importance to us and will be taken very seriously.
- The management of your pain should be discussed with both your anesthesiologist and surgeon.
- Please feel free to bring up any concerns or fears you may have.
- Remember that information on pain management gives you the appropriate expectations and hence a smoother, more comfortable recovery.
- We will be assessing your level of pain from the time of admission until you receive our postoperative call at home.
- You will be repeatedly asked to rate your pain using the Visual Analog Pain Scale, or for children, the Faces Pain Scale.
- Using the results of our communication we will alter the therapy as needed in order to assure your comfort.
We will often use a combination of different modalities to help make you comfortable, choosing from oral medications, intravenous medications, injection of local anesthetic prior to and during the surgery .
We also offer several nerve blocks for some types of surgery.
- Most blocks can be performed in the preoperative area under mild sedation and are tolerated very well.
- Your anesthesia team will discuss a nerve block if one is available for your type of surgery.
- A nerve block or blocks are available for surgery on your shoulder, arms, hands, legs, knees, ankles.
- Eligible types of surgery include broken bones, shoulder surgery, tears in tendons.
- An injection placed under ultrasound guidance can mostly reduce or completely eliminate the pain of surgery for 8 to 24 hours.
- Many times, no additional pain medicine is needed in the recovery room.
- Nausea and vomiting risk is also reduced or eliminated.
- Some surgeries require that we perform a block in order to be able to do the surgery in a same day surgery center (without you having to spend a night in the hospital due to pain)
For self pay patients, these blocks are an additional cost.