The ON-Q Pain Buster Pump - A revolution in postoperative pain management
A PAIN PUMP SYSTEM that is implanted at the time of surgery and allows the continuous instillation of pain medication to the operative area. This prevents pain after the surgery and has allowed our patients to use much less narcotics in the postoperative period. Princeton Surgical uses Marcaine, a long acting local anesthetic, in the pumps. Pumps come in different sizes and last from 2- 5 days.
The pump system consists of an elastic ball of pain medication, connecting tubing, and a soft catheter that allows the medication to drip into the operative site. The connecting tubing has white clips on them to shut off the pain medication if you feel the medication is making you ill. Possible reactions from the pain medication include redness, dizziness, light headedness, ringing or buzzing in your ears, metallic taste in your mouth, drowsiness, or confusion. Numbness in the area of the pump catheter or the operative site is expected. Numbness in areas away from the pump is of concern and you should stop the pump with the clip.
Removing the pump and catheter is simple, just remove the dressings and the pump catheter should slide out of the skin. If it does not slide out easily, contact your surgeon.
Discuss the potential use of the pain pump with your surgeon when you discuss your upcoming operation. It is available for both in-patient and out-patient surgery and many of Princeton Surgical Associate’s surgeons use them routinely.
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