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Pain Management

Pain is a very personal matter, particularly during surgery and post-operatively. To preserve your dignity and help control the pain, we suggest medication options that keep you clear-headed and cause the fewest amount of side effects.

Our anesthesia pain service provides individualized care to post-operative patients and to those with chronic pain that are admitted to the hospital. The modalities include
  • Individual patient controlled analgesia (IVPCA)
  • Patient controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA)
  • Medication management
  • A multitude of blocks/procedures done by the attending pain physician
The Pain Management Team consists of three pain management physicians, a clinical nurse specialist, a pharmacologist, and an anesthesia resident on call at night.

Post-Op Pain Medication Pain management by patient controlled analgesia (PCA) is used most often in orthopedic (hip) and spine surgery. The anesthesiologist is able to individualize the post-operative pain treatment plan by choosing the appropriate pain medication and mode for each patient, based on their needs. Another option, if indicated to be benefical to the patient, is pain management by epidural route (PCEA) which allows you control over your pain throughout the post-operative course and rehabilitation. To help manage pain after undergoing total knee arthroplasty, we perform fascia iliaca blocks postoperatively. This superficial block is a far superior way to relieve post-operative pain with no risk commonly associated with major nerve blocks. Patients who do not get relief from this block are offered conventional medications or a formal femoral nerve block.

Your Pain Management Program. For more information about getting the best pain relief after your surgery, please read our pain management brochure.
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