Post Operative Pain Control
Anesthesiologists may be asked to help manage acute pain post operatively. At Brookwood Baptist Medical Center and Russell Medical Center, many surgeons and obstetricians request Anesthesia Services of Birmingham's Pain Management Team to 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 analgesics and dosing.
- In-house availability around the clock to manage any problems which may arise.
- Daily bedside visits by a physician to evaluate the effectiveness of the patient's pain management.
Methods of advanced pain control:
Intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia (IVPCA)
This method utilizes a computerized pump to administer pain medications directly into the intravenous 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 in the patient's back, close to the nerves related to the operative area. After surgery a computerized, metered pump delivers pain medications through the catheter.