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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Orthopedics - August 2018

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A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 5 A nesthesia providers are trying to keep pace with the shift of complex orthopedic cases to out- patient ORs by looking for new ways to mitigate complications, speed recoveries and minimize — or eliminate — the need to manage post-op pain with opioids. Those efforts include more tar- geted and effective regional blocks, a spinal anesthetic that wears off in less than an hour and, if you can believe it, sedation-free surgery performed on wide-awake patients. Let's take a closer look at those developments and a few other trends that can help your patients bounce back faster and move around sooner after some of surgery's most painful procedures. 1. Improved pre-op preparation Experts are beginning to realize that anesthesia, in the broader sense, shouldn't start only after the patient is wheeled into the OR. Jim Burger | Contributing Editor Advances in Orthopedic Anesthesia New ideas are emerging for managing post-op pain and enhancing recoveries. • ON THE BLOCK Regional anesthesia continues to evolve as providers search to balance pain relief with early ambulation. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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