Postoperative pain control is an integral part of anesthesiology services that we are dedicated to providing for all of our patients. Your anesthesiologist and surgeon will try to minimize any post-surgical (acute) pain. After we discuss the surgical plan either the surgeon or anesthesiologist will discuss with you any pain-management options that may decrease the postoperative pain associated with your operation.
We use a variety of pain-management techniques to reduce or eliminate postoperative pain. Generally, two of the most effective of these techniques include continuous epidural analgesia and regional nerve block techniques.
Continuous Epidural Analgesia: This technique entails the placement of a very small catheter (about the size of a fishing line) between the bones of the spine. A small amount of pain medicine (often a combination of a narcotic and a local anesthetic) is then infused continuously through the catheter into the “epidural” space. This epidural medicine blocks the transmission of pain signals and provides excellent, sometimes total postoperative pain relief. Also, this technique requires minimal doses of medication, thus it reduces the side effects from pain medications. Epidural analgesia is the same highly effective pain-relief method commonly chosen by women for childbirth. In fact, it is a safe procedure for pain relief after many types of major intra-thoracic or intra-abdominal surgery, and provides relief for days.
What is pain management?
Pain management is working to minimize the pain you are feeling so that you can maximize your quality of life. Interventional pain management requires a proper diagnosis and precise treatment plan to better manage pain. Therefore, we perform procedures which help diagnose the reason for pain as well as procedures which are meant to be therapeutic. Interventional pain procedures are also intended to help avoid surgery.
Pain Management Physician Team
Simon M. Adanin, DO
Jason Hennes, MD
He also serves with Dr. Adanin as Co-Director of the Acute Perioperative Pain Management Service at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
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