Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States and more than half of patients in chronic pain report significant anxiety, depression, insomnia, and dissatisfaction with their quality of life.
The Interventional Pain Program, under the Department of Anesthesiology, provides comprehensive pain management for both cancer and non-cancer related pain.Our goal is to properly diagnose and treat chronic pain and overall suffering with a multidisciplinary approach. This entails a responsible prescribing of pain medications, safe practice of procedures and help for the patient coping with the impact that chronic pain has had on his or her life and relationships.
Patients with pain are seen in the outpatient clinic, where a detailed pain history and examination are used to tailor a regimen focused on each patient’s specific needs and goals.
Interventions such as minimally invasive nerve blocks, joint injections, radiofrequency ablation of nerves, intrathecal pain pumps, or neurostimulators are used in conjunction with medications, psychotherapy, physical rehabilitation, and even hypnosis to reduce pain and improve quality of life for each patient.
Just a little over a month after bladder cancer surgery, Christine was back at the gym teaching fitness classes and settling back into her presurgery life.
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