Post-Operative Pain Control
In the past, post-operative pain control had routinely been treated with intra-muscular injections or oral medications. Now, if the patient and the surgeon desire, members of Northside Anesthesiology Consultants, LLC. pain management services will treat the patient's pain after surgery.
Methods of advanced pain control
Intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia (IVPCA): This method utilizes a computerized pump to administer pain medications directly into the intra-venous infusion. Metered doses of pain medications are administered by the patient when the patient needs the medication. Many patients feel they are more comfortable and require less pain medicine when they administer their own medication.
Continuous Epidural Analgesia: Epidural analgesia is the most advanced form of post-operative pain control. This method is used for patients with major surgical operations of the chest, abdomen and lower extremity. Under local anesthesia, a small epidural catheter is placed. After surgery a computerized metered pump delivers pain medications in the area of the surgery.
At Northside, many surgeons and obstetricians have preferred that Northside Anesthesiology Consultants, LLC. pain management team provide pain control to their patients. We believe this is due to our expertise and extensive experience in this specialized area of medicine. These services include:
- Initial consultation regarding pain management options.
- Determination of appropriate narcotic and pump settings.
- In-house availability around the clock to manage any problems that may arise.
- Daily bedside visits by a physician to evaluate the effectiveness of the patient's pain management.
Please be aware that the physicians of Northside Anesthesiology Consultants, LLC. are not employed by Northside Hospital. They are independent practitioners and you will receive a bill for their professional services separate from Northside Hospital.