5. and other procedures too
Many other nerve blocks can be done on the day of surgery so that pain is controlled during and after surgery with minimal use of opioid pain medications. The anesthesiology team can often perform a quick, safe, image-guided procedure that can numb the exact nerves in the region of surgical. This can be done for orthopedic, abdominal, thoracic and many other surgeries. The effects of the nerve block starts right before surgery and often lasts hours to days after surgery. This is often the most painful period and can dramatically lower the amount of opioid pain medications needed during and after surgery.
Yili Huang DO, is director of the Pain Management Center at Phelps Hospital and assistant professor of anesthesiology at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is a double board-certified pain management anesthesiologist who completed his medical training at Yale and Cornell and co-leads the Opioid Practice Guidelines Workgroup as part of the Northwell Opioid Task Force.