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[IP] disposable pumps - pain management post surgery

Source: Temple University Health System (http://www.health.temple.edu)
Date: Posted 8/19/99

No Pain After Surgery Thanks To New Pump 

PHILADELPHIA -- Surgery. Even saying the word makes most people cringe. 
The operation itself isn't the problem, it's the pain that comes with 
the recovery afterward that most dread. Imagine, however, a recovery 
free of pain from an incision and without the need for prescription 
Surgeons at Temple University Hospital are among the first to utilize a 
new pain management system that drastically increases post-operative 
comfort and mobilization. 

The system, called On-Q, provides continuous infusion of a local 
anesthetic directly into a patient's operative site via a pump. The 
disposable pump works to constantly supply pain relief only to the area 
affected by a surgical procedure whereas oral pain relievers or 
narcotics typically prescribed after an operation have whole-body 

Prescription drugs usually given to patients can cause severe nausea and 
drowsiness and may not protect against breakthrough pain. Most patients 
are not capable of driving or doing many daily tasks while on such 
medications because they can seriously impair vision and judgment. On-Q 
allows patients to leave the operating room without ever feeling pain 
from surgery and return to their normal activities much more quickly. 

Dr. Michael Grabowski, a general surgeon at Temple University Hospital, 
is one of the first surgeons in the country to use the pump after FDA 

"I've used it on patients having abdominal surgery who report that they 
never felt pain after the operation. It's a great system because it 
allows for much quicker recovery and makes the surgery seem much less 
traumatic to the patient." 

The pump is indicated for use in a wide variety of surgeries, including 
general, orthopedic, gynecologic and cardiac procedures. It is 
particularly useful for patients with drug dependency issues who are not 
advised to take narcotic drugs for pain relief and for nursing mothers, 
since the drug does not enter the blood stream. 

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