Orthopedics Pain Management
Appropriate pain management helps patients recover faster and also reduces the risk of developing certain complications. When pain is well controlled, patients are better able to participate in important activities such as walking, deep breathing exercises and physical therapy and rehabilitation. All surgery patients are continually assessed to ensure they remain comfortable.
Pain control options may include:
- Pain relief medicines such as analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs, local anesthetics or opioids
- Pain medicine pumps
- Relaxation techniques, including meditation, Healing Touch therapy, or listening to music
- Physical therapies such as heat or cold therapy, massage and body alignment
Surgical patients can expect to be continually assessed to ensure they are as comfortable as possible. Patients are asked to participate in their pain management by telling staff when they are uncomfortable and reporting and rating their pain on a scale of 0 to 10. Together, patients and staff set goals for acceptable pain levels. When necessary, adjustments or changes to the pain management regimen are made.
Patients who experience chronic pain after discharge from the hospital are referred to the Sackler Center for Pain Management
for further treatment.
Advanced Anesthetic Pain Management for Joint Replacement Surgery
Greenwich Hospital anesthesiologists use leading edge techniques for pain management that reduce complications and accelerate healing. These options include:
- Femoral Nerve Block (for knee replacement). A pump delivers local anesthetic through a catheter placed next to the femoral nerve.
- "Pain Buster" (for shoulder replacement). A device used to deliver medication directly to the shoulder joint to ease post-surgical pain.