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The Power to Prevent SSIs - June 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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J U N E 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 0 1 T he crackdown on opioids has changed the way many pain physicians practice. Instead of reaching for their prescription pads, they're relying more heavily on interventional pain treatments: steroid injec- tions, joint injections, fluid injections, nerve blocks, implantable pain devices and radio-frequency ablation. "A decade ago, doctors misread their responsibility to treat chronic pain," says Robert Saenz, president of VIP Medical, a San Antonio, Texas-based consulting firm that advises pain management practices The Changing Face of Chronic Pain Management The opioid epidemic is forcing pain physicians to put down their prescription pad and embrace interventional pain treatments. • SEE YOU IN 8 WEEKS Chronic pain procedures offer what other surgical specialties can't: repeat business. Diane Stopyra Contributing Editor

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