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6-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Large Spinal Needle Gauges Do Not Increase Incidence of Headaches in Orthopedic Patients
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Spinal anesthesia is a common intervention for lower-body orthopedic procedures. A potential side effect is post-dural puncture headache (PDPH). Clinicians often use larger needles when performing this technique on older patients. This study found that the incidence of PDPH was not related to needle size.

Newswise: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Provides an Alternative to Opioids for Post-Amputation Pain
6-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Provides an Alternative to Opioids for Post-Amputation Pain
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Patients undergoing lower body amputations who received PNS implants were able to be discharged home or to rehab earlier with better pain control, required fewer opioids overtime, and were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital in 30 days.

Newswise: Erector Spinae Plane Block Provides Significant Pain Relief for Patients with Acute Pancreatitis
6-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Erector Spinae Plane Block Provides Significant Pain Relief for Patients with Acute Pancreatitis
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Erector spinae plane (ESP) blocks enable injection of local anesthetics and steroids along a protective layer surrounding the muscles that support the spine to achieve numbing effects. In this study, patients with acute pancreatitis who received ESP blocks had superior pain control and decreased opioid intake.

Newswise: Study Provides New Insights on Optimal Volume of Local Anesthetic Needed in Erector Spinae Plane Blocks
6-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Study Provides New Insights on Optimal Volume of Local Anesthetic Needed in Erector Spinae Plane Blocks
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Researchers work to identify optimal volume of local anesthetic needed for erector spinae block in patients with low-back pain.

Newswise: Researchers Find Link Between ABCB1 Gene and Long-Term Opioid Use
10-May-2021 9:20 AM EDT
Researchers Find Link Between ABCB1 Gene and Long-Term Opioid Use
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

In a study of hundreds of patients undergoing total knee or hip replacement, researchers identified a gene called ABCB1 that may predict long-term pain and opioid use.

10-May-2021 10:20 AM EDT
Model Pinpoints Predictive Factors for Long-Term Opioid Use
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Researchers have developed a statistical model to predict the use of long-term opioids after total joint replacement.

Newswise: F. Kayser Enneking, MD Will Receive ASRA’s Prestigious Gaston Labat Award
Released: 27-Apr-2021 2:50 PM EDT
F. Kayser Enneking, MD Will Receive ASRA’s Prestigious Gaston Labat Award
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

The award honors Gaston P. Labat, MD (1843-1908), a pioneer in regional anesthesia and the first president of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia founded in 1923 (later abandoned and then “re-founded” in 1975).

Newswise: ASRA Names Dr. Taif Mukhdomi the 2021 Resident/Fellow of the Year
Released: 27-Apr-2021 2:45 PM EDT
ASRA Names Dr. Taif Mukhdomi the 2021 Resident/Fellow of the Year
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Dr. Mukhdomi is a resident in anesthesiology at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital where he has been chief resident since 2020. ASRA’s Resident/Fellow of the Year Award is given annually to a resident or fellow member of ASRA who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to regional anesthesia or pain medicine; has contributed to the advancement of the profession, welfare of residents, or quality of residency education; serves as a role model and mentor to his or her peers; and embodies the values of ASRA.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Practice Advisory: Contrast Agent Used in Pain Procedures Linked to Brain Damage and Death
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine has joined 10 other pain societies in issuing a practice advisory on the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents. This off-label use is an alternative option for patients with hypersensitivity to the traditional contrast medium.

Newswise: Promising New Treatment Identified for Diabetic Patients with Chronic Pain and Numbness in Their Hands and Feet
3-Nov-2020 8:05 AM EST
Promising New Treatment Identified for Diabetic Patients with Chronic Pain and Numbness in Their Hands and Feet
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

A recent study conducted by physicians across the country shows promise for a new treatment option for patients suffering chronic pain from diabetic neuropathy. The treatment entails spinal cord stimulator implantation, a technique commonly associated with chronic back and leg pain treatment.

Newswise: Studies Show Subcutaneous Methylnaltrexone Provides Safe, Effective, and Rapid Relief of Opioid-Induced Constipation in Patients with Cancer
3-Nov-2020 12:05 PM EST
Studies Show Subcutaneous Methylnaltrexone Provides Safe, Effective, and Rapid Relief of Opioid-Induced Constipation in Patients with Cancer
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

In a study of cancer patients treated with methylnaltrexone, about 50%–70% experienced relief from opioid-induced constipation within 4 hours without the use of additional treatments, compared with 15% of placebo-treated patients. In addition, more patients treated with methylnaltrexone maintained a response at 24 hours after dosing compared with patients treated with placebo.

3-Nov-2020 8:05 AM EST
Researchers Uncover and Target Specific Proteins Linked to Pain in an Animal Model
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Researchers are looking at the potential of a technique called differential target multiplexed programming (DTMP) to reduce chronic pain by targeting certain proteins linked to inflammation.

Newswise: Neuromonitoring Enables Patients to Sleep through Spinal Cord Stimulator Placement
3-Nov-2020 8:05 AM EST
Neuromonitoring Enables Patients to Sleep through Spinal Cord Stimulator Placement
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Neuromonitoring has been used in the fields of neurological and orthopedic surgery for years but has just recently made its debut in SCS implantation. There are limited studies observing neuromonitoring in this application, so doctors have shared the case study of a patient who successfully underwent the procedure and reported 90% pain reduction one week later.

Newswise: Safety Net Hospitals Associated with Dramatically Higher Complications and Death Rates in Patients Receiving Hip Replacement Surgery
Released: 12-Aug-2020 10:15 AM EDT
Safety Net Hospitals Associated with Dramatically Higher Complications and Death Rates in Patients Receiving Hip Replacement Surgery
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Patients who receive hip replacement surgery at safety net hospitals – those that provide care regardless of ability to pay – were 38% more likely to die in the hospital than those receiving the surgery at other hospitals, according to a study published in the journal Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine.

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20-Apr-2020 5:05 AM EDT
Researchers Looking for the Best Way to Keep Patients Safe During Anesthesia for Shoulder Surgery
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Interscalene blocks are a type of regional anesthesia used to relieve pain during and after shoulder surgery. This procedure can lead to numbing of the phrenic nerve as well, however, which can lead to pulmonary complications. Researchers at Stanford University are experimenting with different amounts of saline that can help reverse the phrenic nerve blockade while still maintaining analgesic effect.

20-Apr-2020 5:05 AM EDT
Experimental Lidocaine Derivatives May Be the Future of Postoperative Pain Control
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Researchers from the University of British Columbia studied three lidocaine derivatives for use as motor blockade with promising results. This study provides insight into developing more effective, longer-lasting non-opioid local anesthetics, which could improve postoperative pain control. ASRA presented researchers with "Best of Meeting Abstract" and "Resident/Fellow Travel Award" for their work.

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20-Apr-2020 5:05 AM EDT
Investigators Experiment with Differing Amounts of Anesthetic to Provide Pain Control during Shoulder Surgery and Reduce Chances for Respiratory Complications
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Hemidiaphragmatic paresis, or HDP, is a condition in which one side of the diaphragm is weakened, resulting in shortness of breath and reduced respiratory function. It can occur when a patient is given regional anesthesia for shoulder surgery, using the supraclavicular nerve block. Researchers are trying to determine the right amount of anesthesia to use in the supraclavicular block so that the block still works but the chances of developing HDP are low.

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20-Apr-2020 5:05 AM EDT
The Sooner Hip Replacement Patients Can Get Up and Walk after Surgery, the Faster They Can Recover at Home
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

The sooner hip replacement patients can walk after surgery, the faster they can be discharged, allowing for more comfortable recovery at home, lower overall cost of care, and increased availability of critical hospital resources. Results of a recent study found that patients who received mepivacaine spinal anesthesia were more likely to ambulate early and be discharged on the day of surgery.

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20-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Erector Spinae Plane Block Spares Common Complications After Shoulder Surgery
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Using an erector spinae plane block (ESPB) for postoperative analgesia from total shoulder replacement offers advantages over the more commonly used interscalene brachial plexus nerve block, including avoiding phrenic nerve complications and upper-extremity mobility issues, researchers from Stanford University in Stanford, CA, reported in findings from a new study.

Newswise: Pioneer in Anesthesia Among Award Winners Recognized by ASRA
Released: 20-Apr-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Pioneer in Anesthesia Among Award Winners Recognized by ASRA
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

ASRA award recipients are being recognized for their accomplishments despite the cancellation of the group's annual spring meeting. Included in recipients is the anesthesia pioneer who identified a treatment for local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST), a serious potential complication associated with procedures involving local anesthetics.

Released: 16-Apr-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Need surgery? Here’s why regional anesthesia is safer than general anesthesia during the coronavirus pandemic
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

If you don’t have COVID-19, you probably want to stay as far away from a hospital as possible right now. However, the fact is that some people still need emergency surgery. If you or a loved one are in this situation – for any reason – you should know that experts say regional anesthesia may be better than general anesthesia to keep everyone in the operating room safe.asr

Released: 7-Apr-2020 12:05 AM EDT
ASRA Recognizes Eight Trailblazers as Part of the Year of Women in ASRA
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Eight trailblazing women in regional anesthesia and pain medicine are being honored for their achievements and contributions to the field as part of the ASRA Trailblazer Awards. Created to acknowledge potential for bias in the past, the program is part of the “Year of Women in ASRA,” so named by ASRA President Dr. Eugene Viscusi. Other components of the campaign include year-round highlights of prominent women in the field on the ASRA website and social media channels, greater recognition of gender disparities at meetings, improved data collection to continue to assess our progress representing the field, and, most importantly, development of an organizational plan to identify and correct disparities across all minority groups.

Released: 6-Nov-2019 12:45 PM EST
E-Learning Improves Graduate Medical Students’ Knowledge of Safe Opioid Prescribing
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Colleagues at the University of California at Irvine have created a safe opioid prescribing e-learning program that is significantly improving students' knowledge.

Newswise: Dr. Nagy Mekhail Is ASRA’s 2019 John Bonica Lecture Award Winner
5-Nov-2019 12:05 AM EST
Dr. Nagy Mekhail Is ASRA’s 2019 John Bonica Lecture Award Winner
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD, professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, has been selected to receive the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) 2019 John J. Bonica Award.

Newswise: Dr. Mark Lema to Receive Distinguished Service Award
5-Nov-2019 12:05 AM EST
Dr. Mark Lema to Receive Distinguished Service Award
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Dr. Mark J. Lema, State University of New York (SUNY) Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology at SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been selected to receive ASRA’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award.

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5-Nov-2019 12:05 AM EST
Best of Meeting Abstract: Neurologic Immune Cell Pathways May Offer New Target for Chronic Pain Control
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

According to research from investigators at Millennium Pain Center and Lumbrera, LLC, targeting of microglial activation phenotypes, such as the M1 and M2, may help control patients’ chronic pain.

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5-Nov-2019 12:05 AM EST
Accountability Program May Prevent Opioid Overprescribing
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Colleagues at the University of California at Irvine have developed an electronic prescription drug accountability program to keep track of prescribing among hospitalists, primary care physicians, and emergency department physicians within an institution.

5-Nov-2019 12:05 AM EST
Giving Ketamine Repeatedly for Migraine and Pain Not Associated with Increased Adverse Events
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Virginia retrospectively analyzed patient records see if side effects increased after repeated infusions. They actually found a couple of benefits.

5-Nov-2019 12:05 AM EST
Implanted Nerve Stimulation Devices May Need Just 60 Days for Sustained Pain Control
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Patients who have chosen to treat chronic pain with implanted peripheral nerve stimulation no longer need to be tethered permanently to the device. According to findings from a study in amputees, placing the device for just 60 days resulted in sustained pain relief and functional improvements.

Newswise: Brian Sites Named Editor-in-Chief of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine Journal
Released: 3-Oct-2019 12:05 AM EDT
Brian Sites Named Editor-in-Chief of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine Journal
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Dr. Brian Sites, medical director of the acute pain medicine service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, has accepted the position of editor-in-chief for the Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine journal.

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Released: 9-Sep-2019 10:40 AM EDT
Women in Regional Anesthesiology: Their Inspirations, Aspirations, and Pearls of Wisdom
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

In honor of Women in Medicine month, we present a sample listing of women leaders in regional anesthesia. This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of ASRA News and again in the ASRA Blog three years ago.

Newswise: ASRA Grants Support Early-Career Researchers
Released: 16-Apr-2019 1:20 PM EDT
ASRA Grants Support Early-Career Researchers
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Mastoora Nasiri, MD, and Adlai Pappy are the latest to receive grant funding for research in regional anesthesia and acute and chronic pain. Their studies will address enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery and cancer survival.

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2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT
Best of Meeting Abstract: Intra-Spinal Morphine Superior to Pain Block Technique for Provision of Postoperative Analgesia in Gynecologic Cancer Surgeries
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Ultrasound-guided bilateral rectus sheath block (RSB) is associated with fewer side effects and a reduced dependence on opioids, according to the results of a study from the Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India.

2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT
Best of Meeting Abstract: Lidocaine’s Postoperative Pain Management Effects May Be Immune Related
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

In patients undergoing primary hip arthroplasty, regional anesthesia with lidocaine infusion reduces postoperative pain and opioid consumption, possibly because of decreased immune cell signaling, according to research at Stanford University.

2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT
Best of Meeting Abstract: IV Acetaminophen Not Necessary for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Although acetaminophen is frequently given prior to spine surgery to help reduce the need for opioids, this study found no benefit. Given the drug's high cost and low availability, researchers suggest it not be routinely given to this group of patients.

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2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT
Best of Meeting Abstract: Cholorprocaine Is Associated With Faster Recovery and Earlier Patient Discharge From Ambulatory Knee Arthroscopy
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Researchers from the Netherlands have found that patients undergoing knee arthroscopy who received chloroprocaine recovered more quickly than those receiving prilocaine. The study has implications for both patient recovery and shorter hospital stays.

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2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT
Best of Meeting Abstract: Peripheral Nerve Blockade Reduces Patient Opioid Use After Amputation Surgery
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

30-80% of amputee patients develop chronic pain after their surgery, and there is not yet a clear strategy for relieving that pain. Researchers found that adding liposomal bupivacaine to the nerve block in patients undergoing major lower extremity amputation helped reduce pain and opioid use.

Newswise: 2019 ASRA Presidential Scholar Award Goes to Dr. Chad Brummett, University of Michigan
4-Apr-2019 4:05 PM EDT
2019 ASRA Presidential Scholar Award Goes to Dr. Chad Brummett, University of Michigan
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Dr. Chad Brummett will accept the 2019 ASRA Presidential Scholar at the 44th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting, April 11-13, in Las Vegas. The award is given to those who have demonstrated great potential to in their research careers.

Newswise: Joseph Neal to Receive Gaston Labat Award at ASRA Meeting in Las Vegas
2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT
Joseph Neal to Receive Gaston Labat Award at ASRA Meeting in Las Vegas
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Dr. Joseph M. Neal will receive ASRA’s 2019 Gaston Labat Award at the 44th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The Gaston Labat Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the development, teaching, and practice of regional anesthesia in the tradition of Gaston P. Labat, MD (1843-1908).

Newswise: ASRA Names Dr. Jason Ochroch 2019 Resident/Fellow of the Year
2-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT
ASRA Names Dr. Jason Ochroch 2019 Resident/Fellow of the Year
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) has named Jason Ochroch, MD, a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, the 2019 Resident/Fellow of the Year. The award is given annually to a resident or fellow member of ASRA who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to regional anesthesia or pain medicine; has contributed to the advancement of the profession, welfare of residents, or quality of residency education; serves as a role model and mentor to his or her peers; and embodies the values of ASRA.

Released: 3-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Asokumar Grant for Global Scholars Will Provide 100 Physicians with Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Resources
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Outgoing President Asokumar Buvanendran, MD, and his wife Jenn Asokumar have established a new grant that will provide access to the latest research in the field for physicians from low-resource countries.

Newswise: Five Physicians Selected to Receive Harvard Macy Institute Professional Development Scholarships
Released: 2-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Five Physicians Selected to Receive Harvard Macy Institute Professional Development Scholarships
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

As part of ASRA's commitment to high-quality faculty, members were invited to compete for five scholarships to attend courses at Harvard Macy Institute tuition free.

Newswise: ASRA’s Chronic Pain Medicine Grant Will Evaluate Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Treatment of Cancer Pain
Released: 27-Nov-2018 4:05 PM EST
ASRA’s Chronic Pain Medicine Grant Will Evaluate Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Treatment of Cancer Pain
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

ASRA has awarded the 2018 Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant to Eellan Sivanesan, MD, for a project looking at the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced painful neuropathy (CIPN). Sivanesan is an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

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12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST
Pain Physicians are ill-equipped to manage LGBTQ Patients’ Pain Issues
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Physician education and training about LGBTQ medical needs are much needed to improve their attitudes and skills in treating LGBTQ patients and increase patients’ satisfaction with their medical care.

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12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST
Best of Meeting Abstract: Tobacco Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in Patients With Fibromyalgia
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Patients with fibromyalgia who use tobacco products are at greater risk for cognitive impairment and other symptoms that affect quality of life, according to the results of a study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MI.

12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST
Best of Meeting Abstract: Opiate-Sparing Analgesia Combats Opioid Epidemic Without Affecting Pain Control
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

A minimal opiate supply, just a two-day course compared to a traditional two-week prescription, along with a scheduled-dose multimodal pain regimen after surgery limits the use of opiate medication by patients and, subsequently, opiate-related adverse effects while still providing effective pain control and high patient satisfaction.

12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST
Best of Meeting Abstract: Study Finds Genetic Risk Score Correlates with Headache Prevalence and Severity
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

A higher polygenic risk score—a genetic analysis computed from a combination of several of a person’s genes—is associated with more frequent and severe headaches. The findings support the idea that a propensity for headaches has a genetic basis.

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12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST
Best of Meeting Abstract: Treatment for Joint Pain Is Less Helpful for Pain but Effective for Anxiety and Sleep Disturbance
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Patients with centralized pain (fibromyalgia-like phenotype) are less likely to respond to a type of facet joint pain treatment called radiofrequency ablation (RFA), according to the results of a study from researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

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12-Nov-2018 12:00 AM EST
Best of Meeting Abstract: Adding Steroids to Local Anesthetics May Not Change Long Term Outcomes in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Adding steroids to local anesthetic increases the success rate of short-term but not long-term relief of chronic non-cancer pain.


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