Narcotics are standard treatment following surgery, but patients often experience side effects which include nausea, drowsiness, constipation, difficulty breathing, and potential addiction. Laurie gave birth two weeks ago by caesarian section to her third child.
Her recovery was much different this time though, thanks to a new device called On-Q, recently approved by the FDA for post-surgical pain with fewer side effects. Instead of popping a pill, pain relief comes right from your belt. It's called the On-Q system, a non-narcotic pain relief device surgeons attach to the surgery site and is worn for a few days following surgery.
"It releases a local anesthetic through a rate-controlled flow catheter. It's almost analogous to your garden hose with the multiple holes. We've had several patients that have reported significantly less post-operative discomfort than they had had with the traditional pain relief measures," says Dr. Quint Jardine, gynecologist.
Studies show On-Q reduces the need for pain killers by 40 to 70%, depending on the specific surgery. The surgeries in which it has been used so far include cesarean sections, hysterectomies, cardiovascular and knee surgeries.
So if you're planning any of those procedures, then you might want to ask your doctor about the On-Q system to control pain after the surgery because it is available in Lubbock.