Chronic Pain Management Option Available

Pain management physicians at Syosset Hospital have begun using ketamine therapy for postoperative pain and the treatment of chronic pain syndromes.

Syosset Hospital was the first in the North Shore-LIJ Health System to use ketamine for postoperative pain relief. This approach is effective for patients who have been taking prescription pain medications on a daily basis and who are going in for surgery.

“Ketamine has been shown to reduce the development of postoperative pain and helps by reducing pain medication requirements in the first 24 hours after surgery,” explained John Stamatos, MD, Syosset Hospital director of interventional pain medicine.

Ketamine infusion therapy is also being used at Syosset Hospital for the treatment of upper and lower extremity complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain, fibromyalgia, and other complex central pain syndromes. This therapy is done in an outpatient setting and is an option for patients when conventional medical management and intervention has not provided adequate pain relief.

For more information about ketamine treatment at Syosset Hospital, contact the pain management department at 516-496-6447. 

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