When considering joint replacement many patients worry about the pain that they may experience after surgery. As the processes for replacement surgery have improved over the years, doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have been working with anesthesiologists, conducting studies that have resulted in a protocol that aims to ensure that pain is well managed.
By using a process that the HSS doctors call “multimodal analgesia,” they have seen a lessening of post-surgery pain. Multimodal analgesia is the administration of two or more drugs targeting multiple pain pathways with one pain medication administered inside the joint during surgery in addition to the standard epidural anesthesia administered during replacement surgery.
The process may be applied to both primary and revision replacement surgery.
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