Officials say new pain medication for knee surgery might help de - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Officials say new pain medication for knee surgery might help decrease addiction rates

When you sleep through a surgery, the worst part is the pain you feel when you wake up, right? There is always pain medication, but that comes with the fear of addiction. 

So for now, you might want to listen to this. 

In the case of knee replacement, some doctors are using a new single-dose injection during surgery to take the pain away in the first critical days of recovery. 

The medication is called "Exparel”, and during surgery, it is injected and absorbed into the tissues around the knee, reducing the initial pain for the first three to four days after surgery. 

"The key is basically to get the pain under control to allow quick rehab and home. They're not sick people when they come in with a bad knee or bad hip, they need to get out of the hospital as quickly as possible and get back into their own environment," says Orthopedic Surgeon, Nathan Cohem.

Patients are still prescribed prescription pain killers, but not as many, and instead of opiods that could become addictive, often, over the counter medications like Tylenol or Aleve will do the job. 

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