As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the way that we manage pain has changed significantly over the last five years. We have utilized a combination of different components to come up with our current pain management protocol. These include preoperative education to inform the patient and their family what to expect as far as the procedure, the recovery, physical therapy, and the pain that will be present and how it will be managed. Surgically, we use smaller exposures to decrease some of the tissue trauma, we use a bipolar sealant which decreases the amount of postoperative blood loss and thereby decreases a component of postoperative pain, and a cooling sleeve is placed on the knee after surgery to help decrease swelling and pain.
William P. Barrett, M.D.