Bay Park Community Hospital (BPCH) is helping to significantly reduce the amount of pain patients experience after having a total knee replacement through the use of continuous peripheral nerve blocks (CPNB).
CPNB is used for controlled delivery of local anesthetics in close proximity to nerves for postoperative pain management. BPCH is one of only a few hospitals in the region to offer the procedure, performed by physicians Dennis Assenmacher, Joseph Assenmacher, Bradley Morse and Leonard Buck.
The CPNB procedure involves the placement of a small tube in the area of major nerves or peripheral nerves around the knee. Small amounts of dilute local anesthetic travel through the tube and are administered in doses to dull nerve impulses and provide pain control without complete paralysis of the area.
Advantages of the CPNB include reduction of postoperative pain, the use of narcotics, rehabilitation time, hospital length of stay and an increase in range of motion.
For more information on the process, contact Marti Turney, direct