As patients prepare for orthopedic surgery, pain is at the forefront of their minds. It causes anxiety and apprehension. While working with Dr Jones and his acute pain service, I had the confidence to set the bar high. Patients ambulated faster, and my length of stay went down 1-2 days for total joints. The patients and the nursing staff loved his professionalism and dedication, but more than that, they loved his results!
To see a patient have a total knee replacement and leave postop day 2 having never taken anything narcotic for pain is astounding. Patients leave happy, confident and with A positive attitude.
I have never had patients remember the name of their anesthesiologist before. I have never seen anesthesiologists rounding and calling to check on patients at home either. Lots of “firsts” while working with Dr Jones. Like i said, set the bar high…..its amazing what teamwork can accomplish!
Jason Hutchison M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon West Tennessee Bone & Joint Jackson, Tennessee
After seeing for myself the differences in pain control and in patient outcome from the techniques that Dr Jones offers, I’m a believer!
This very ill patient was saved from being on the ventilator after a major surgery because of the continuous nerve blocks that Dr Jones performed. He’s had no narcotics at all since his surgery 2 days ago, and he has had no pain whatsoever. His recovery is progressing very well, and he’s going to be transferred to the floor today. The patient can also tell an enormous difference is his pain control compared with the last two surgeries. Beyond the patient’s experience, this is a tremendous value to the hospital because of the cost-savings to provide his care. I am earning a Masters in Health Care Administration, and I know that today’s market, the margins for hospital profit are very thin. I know how much you can save by shortening a hospital stay by even one-fourth or one-half of a day.
Charles A Bagwell M.D.
Coffee Regional Medical Center “#1 Top Small Hospital in Georgia”
“The work Dr. Jones has done with continuous nerve blocks has been explosive! I try to get them for my patients
George Thomas M.D.
General, Vascular & Thoracic Surgeon
Regional Hospital of Jackson Jackson, Tennessee
CPNB’s have dramatically changed the pain management of surgical patients in my practice. It has always been expected that pain is associated with surgery. CPNB’s have allowed patients to be free of pain or at least with markedly decreased pain in the post operative period. For total joint patients on rounding the first day it was expected that patients would be in pain. Standard anesthesia techniques with or without PCA for post operative pain control in most cases would leave the patient with some measure of pain and/or sedation. This would make it difficult for the patients to participate in their therapy. Now with CPNB’s, my patients are able to get up in many cases on the day of surgery and walk! Earlier progression with therapy due to the improved pain control has resulted in decreased length of stay and greatly improved patient satisfaction.
CPNB’s have also been used on our outpatient procedures most notably our shoulder arthroscopy patients. It is utilized for several days after surgery at home with a protocol per the anesthesiologists. Many of these patients come back to the office for their first post operative visit and report they have taken none of the prescribed pain medications as they had no significant pain! With the standard pain blocks, patients would typically wake up early the morning after surgery with marked increased pain. This is not the case with CPNB’s.
Many patients ask me about the new techniques that are publicized for total joints and other procedures. Although these newer techniques have been important in improving outcomes, I always tell my patients that the most dramatic improvements in recent years has been in pain management in the post operative period. Improved management of pain has allowed for earlier participation in rehab, decreased length of stay, decreased post operative complications, and happier patients, surgeons and staff.
John Masterson M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon with Sports Orthopedics & Spine
“I’ve seen a huge difference in pain for my patients.”
“With patients that have had the same procedure with and without the blocks, it is light years difference.”
“My patients are recommending to friends and family to come here because of the blocks.”
“I see a world of difference.”
“The newer generations of surgeons are being taught in medical school that pain control is very important.”
“I believe decreased pain leads to a better experience because their pain never gets out of control. I believe it also improves outcomes because they are less fearful to move and will start rehabilitation sooner.”
Comments by Orthopedic Surgeon, Michael O’Brien M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeons of Oak Ridge Oak Ridge, Tennessee