New Postoperative Spine Anesthesia Protocol Reducing the Need for Post-Surgical Narcoticsadmin
Chronic spinal pain is a multifactorial issue that requires a concerted effort amongst members of the multidisciplinary team in order to maximize patient outcomes while minimizing the need for narcotic medications. Oftentimes patients with spinal disability require surgical intervention. The need for spine surgery creates a significant amount of anxiety on the patient regarding the need and potential for narcotic abuse following the procedure.
Although minimally invasive spinal techniques and surgical equipment have been developed allowing spine surgeons to treat patients without causing as much scarring—small incisions, no bleeding—patients still are routinely given narcotics following surgery to help them deal with the postoperative pain.