Ask An Orthopedist: Knee Surgery

Calendar May 16, 2017

Question: Do any of your surgeons use the On Q pain relief pump for post op pain management? I worked post open heart /CVICU years ago and the On Q was used for a period of time for pain relief at the sternotomy site. I am looking at a possible knee surgery in the near future and will want to limit the use of narcotics as much as possible.

Some of our surgeons use a pain pump following shoulder surgery – I have no idea what the brand name of the pump is. Pain pumps for knee surgeries are not used much – the risk of a joint infection is not worth the benefit of a day or so of diminished pain.

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