Dealing with Surgical Pain
It shouldn’t have to hurt to be FREE OF PAIN.
Arthritis is painful, sometimes with every step, getting out of a chair, or climbing stairs. Most people know that total joint replacement will put an end to this pain and restore freedom of motion and activities, but people also fear that surgery will hurt.
Things have changed.
The goal is PAIN PREVENTION, not pain relief.
Surgical pain and can now be addressed with new medications and new anesthetic and surgical techniques.
Current surgical techniques such as minimally invasive surgery for the hip including anterior approach and mini posterior approach, and mini midvastus approach for the knee yield smaller incisions and far less muscle injury than older techniques.
Sophisticated anesthetic techniques including short-term nerve blocks may prolong pain relief from surgery.
The drug EXPAREL instilled into the surgical site can alleviate pain for two to three days after surgery. This drug is similar to the Novocaine a dentist may use to make the mouth numb. It is delivered in slow release droplets making for a prolonged effect.
Patients are seen every day by our team of pain management specialists. These physicians work with the patient to find the right medications for pain relief. Our specialists remain on call throughout the hospitalization, and are available after patients go home.
Patients can return to their daily lives sooner and with a smoother recovery than in the past.