Sunday, December 03, 2006

Prevention better than cure again. Preemptive analgesia before surgery for people with crps.

The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association In their patient resources recorded an interview with Dr Scott Reuben, Director of Acute Pain Service and Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine. Professor Reuben talked about protocols for reducing the likelihoood of worsening or spreading CRPS symptoms in patients with CRPS having surgery. He also spoke about protocols for reducing the risk of development of CRPS in patients with no history of CRPS and having surgery.
It is thought that aproximately 20% of CRPS patients who present to chronic pain clinics have a history of prior surgical procedures in the affected area with most reports of postoperative CRPS occurring after orthopedic surgery, especially after operations on the extremities
The professor specifically mentions as well pre-emptive analgesia before dental surgery.

I received an email recently from Professor Reuben, in which, regarding my question about vitamin C and surgery, he says that they now incorporate Vitamin C in their protocols.

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