The Division of Pain Management in the Department of Anesthesiology offers a full spectrum of treatment options for preventing and treating both acute pain (pain experienced in the aftermath of surgery) and chronic pain (pain caused by a chronic condition that requires regular treatment).
Acute Pain Treatment
For acute pain, a team of physicians offers the latest in patient-centered treatment including:
- Epidural and continuous nerve blocks
- Ultrasound-guided blocks
- Highly effective and recommended for larger surgeries including orthopedics, lung, and abdominal surgery
- Through a needle placed in your back temporarily, a catheter is placed so that medication can be continuously given.
- Although this involves a procedure before surgery, it often has better outcomes than IV-PCA alone.
- This too is connected to a computer and pump to allow for extra doses in a controlled, safe manner.
Another method of pain relief is the administration of a nerve block and/or placement of a catheter near a nerve with continuous infusion of pain medicine.
Chronic Pain Treatment
Chronic Pain conditions are variable and often complex. For those that suffer from chronic pain, the Weill Cornell Pain Medicine Center may be able to help. To find out about the conditions we treat and the services we offer, please visit the Division of Pain Management’s homepage.
Anesthesiology And Pain Management
The Magic Behind Freedom For Pain
Anesthesiology (anesthesia) is a diversified specialty requiring physicians to draw upon their knowledge of pharmacy and physiology and to utilize their technical skills in the provision of perioperative care, critical care, emergency care and pain management.
Anesthesiology is a specialty and is involved in the following settings:
- For surgery, anesthesiologists evaluate the patient’s overall health, plan techniques, choose agents, administer anesthesia, and monitor the effects of anesthesia and surgery on the patient’s vital functions
- In the ICU, they care for critically ill patients by providing airway management, cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation, advanced life support and pain control
- Our team of anesthetists at Abdali Hospital provide Anesthesia and Analgesia for patients undergoing surgery, diagnostic and radiation procedures. The Anesthesiologist determines the appropriate method of anesthesia for a patient by the following criteria:
- A physical examination
- An evaluation of the patient’s clinical results
- A Risk assessment profile
- Surgical departments
- Intensive care medicine
- Emergency medicine
- Out-patient clinics
What we offer
The Anesthesia service is provided to patients having operations in the main operating theatres and the day surgery unit, and include the following:
- Pre-anaesthesia assessment
- General anesthesia
- Deep sedation
- Regional blocks
- Epidural and spinal anesthesia
- Acute and chronic pain management services
Anaesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Post Anaesthesia Recovery room (PACU) in Medica is equipped with multi-parameter monitors, patient controlled analgesia (PCA), opioid infusion pumps, anaesthesia machine and defibrillator machine for emergency requirement.
Pain Clinic: Medica provides comprehensive pain management therapy and plan for patients depending on their status and need.
Conditions treated include:
- Cervical pain, back pain, slip disc, sciatica, joint pain
- Myofascial pain – a chronic pain disorder where pressure on certain sensitive points in your muscles causes a referred pain elsewhere in the body
- Fibromyalgia – widespread musculoskeletal pain
- Chronic post surgical pain
- Peripheral neuropathies – pain caused by damaged nerves outside the brain and spinal cord
- Phantom limb pain – a condition common for amputees, where the person feels in the limb that is no longer there
- Orofacial pain – pain in the mouth, jaw or face
- Postherpetic neuralgia – a complication of shingles, this affects the nerves and skin
- Complex regional pain – Chronic pain that usually affects a limb after an injury
- HIV related neuropathies
- Painless labour
Advance medications, nerve ablations using Chemical Sympathectomy and Radio Frequency Ablations (RFA) are very helpful in long term relief of pain. Advanced modalities like Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and intrathecal pumps are implanted in patients of refractory chronic pain where other modalities have failed. Cancer pains are controlled through medication, CT/USG and C-Arm guided chemical Neurolysis and RFA with close follow-up for end of life care