This procedure is unique in terms of functionality because it involves a combination of various medicines to help provide pain relief. What’s even better is that the multimodal pain control method can be done prior to, during, or even subsequent to a surgical procedure. The primary aim of this procedure is to help minimize the need for the use of narcotics as well as their side effects which can be quite unpleasant.
Narcotics (also referred to as opioids) are an excellent source of pain relief for the short-term. However their unpleasant side-effects include constipation, nausea, drowsiness, and even impaired judgement. The other major issue with opioids is that they can become addictive in nature when used in the long-term as well as take the ability natural ability of the body to manage and control the pain.
The approach used by this pain control method involves the use of anesthetics that are focused along with a combination of pain medicines. This form of pain control will vary from patient to patient as the types as well as doses of the medicines provided are tailored to the patient’s specific needs.
The multimodal pain control can take place prior to a surgical procedure. Some of the medicines offered can help prepare the body for surgery. During the course of the surgery, a combination of nerve blocks and other forms of anesthesia may be used to help prevent the onset of pain without having to resort to the need of general anesthesia.
Once the surgical procedure has been completed, the patient will take small dosage levels of multiple medicines at scheduled intervals throughout the course of the day. This will help the patient become more alert and responsive as well as feel much better. This approach also helps ensure that the patient is discharged from the hospital at a much earlier timeframe. Further benefits behind this approach is that it ensures a smooth transition to physical therapy and can help shorten the time necessary for the patient to recover.