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Manager's Guide to Orthopedic Surgery - August 2014

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1 8 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 W hen it comes to painful procedures, few cause more ouch! than arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. "They hurt," says orthopedic surgeon Charles Getz, MD, of the Riddle Surgery Center in Media, Pa., pausing for emphasis before adding: "A lot." Dr. Getz says it's "always a shocker" to patients when the super-numbing regional block wears off 12 to 15 hours after the surgery and then pain rears its ugly head. "They go from being really happy to having a good amount of pain." Dr. Getz says patients will do 1 of 3 things when the breakthrough pain hits — start taking their pain medication (good, but it'd be better if they got a loading P A I N M A N A G E M E N T Get the Upper Hand on Orthopedic Pain 5 strategies to manage post-surgical pain in your ortho patients. Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief PAINFUL PROCEDURE Shoulder arthroscopies produce significant post-operative pain. Getting through those first 24 hours is key.

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