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6 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 9 H ere's a look at 5 promising ways to tamp down the intense, persistent post-surgical pain of orthopedic surgery. 1. Continuous peripheral nerve blocks (CNBs) With CNBs, a percutaneous indwelling (or perineural) catheter pro- vides a continuous local anesthetic. CNBs can relieve pain for days after surgery, as opposed to nerve blocks that provide analgesia for hours. Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor The Future of Orthopedic Anesthesia 5 innovative, opioid-free ways to manage the most painful surgeries. • MAGIC NUMBER Gregory Hickman, MD, medical director and director of anesthesia at the Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center in Gulf Breeze, Fla., leaves peripheral nerve block catheters in ortho patients for 4 days. Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center

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