Pain Management Protocols in Joint Replacement

    In these exclusive interviews, find out how 3 orthopaedic surgeons manage perioperative pain in their hip, knee, and shoulder arthroplasty patients.

    Pain management is one of the areas of orthopaedic practice that has undergone the greatest transformation over the past decade.

    No longer do patients suffer excruciating pain following joint replacement, or debilitating side effects of an opioid-only pain management protocol.

    Today’s joint replacement patients can expect the surgical team to address multiple pain pathways, with a variety of anesthetic and analgesic agents that compliment each other, throughout the perioperative period.

    The drugs used in a multimodal pain management protocol may differ from institution to institution, but the goal is always the same: Control postoperative pain to encourage early mobility after the procedure and help the patient return home as soon as possible.

    We recently asked surgeons – Michael P. Nett, MD, for hip and knee arthroplasty and John W. Sperling, MD, MBA, and R. Bryan Butler, MD, for shoulder arthroplasty – about their pain management protocols.

    Click on the images below to hear their comments.

    Michael P. Nett, MD

    John W. Sperling, MD, MBA

    R. Bryan Butler, MD

    Producers: Susan Doan-Johnson and Michael Szuch; Directors: Michael Bugera and Charles Maynard; Post Production: Charles Maynard