Post-Surgery Pain Management
After an injury of any kind, the level of pain goes through day-to-day progressions. On day one after the injury, the pain level may be at 8 out of 10. Moving on to day three, it may be 5 out of 10. Five days after an injury, the pain may be completely gone, or only rarely agitated. These same rules apply to pain after a major surgery. The question is, aside from narcotics and painkillers, what are the ways to distract the mind from pain for those five most excruciating days?
The answer is the Continuous Peripheral Nerve Block (CPNB). This device uses a take home, time-released drip of a local anesthetic directed to the specific part of that patient’s body that will feel pain, whether it be their knee, hip or shoulder. Pain killers can begin on day three or four, rather than day one, resulting in less time dealing with the potentially troubling side effects of narcotics for pain relief. A 24-hour hotline designed to assist those using the Continuous Peripheral Nerve Block is available to assist patients once they get home, if necessary.