A Smarter Way to Manage Postoperative Pain

Healing surgeries can lead to painful recoveries. Thanks to a multimodal approach to manage pain during the surgery, that no longer has to be the case.

For patients undergoing total joint replacement, local nerve pain blocks can be used before surgery starts to reduce postoperative pain.

“For total knee replacement patients, we offer adductor canal blocks — near the femoral nerve, which is further down in the thigh — as well as a single injection block to the tibial nerve,” explains Tiaan Hancke, chief certified registered nurse anesthetist on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman. “Before the procedure, we perform the block using an ultrasound to locate the nerve.”

Because this type of pain management is a sensory block, patients do not experience any weakness, and the whole body isn’t affected. As a result, patients can get up and walk around much easier after surgery.

According to Hancke, staff at Texas Health Kaufman have seen a reduction in the need for pain medications after surgery since they started offering this type of pain management.

While sensory blocks are commonly used in joint replacement surgery, they are not limited to orthopedics. Hancke also utilizes nerve blocks for general surgical procedures and treatment of traumatic injuries.

Get Back in Gear

Not sure if joint replacement is right for you? Texas Health Kaufman offers educational joint camp programs so potential patients can learn if this surgical option could help reduce aches and pains.

“Offering this type of approach to pain management with total joint replacement shows that we strive to provide the same level of quality and outcomes offered at larger facilities,” says William Richard Vandiver, M.D., orthopedic and sports medicine physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Kaufman. “Patients have access to advanced care, close to home.”

Aching joints? To learn more about joint replacement procedures, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) or visit TexasHealth.org/Orthopedics.

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