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For children with urological issues, from an inability to empty their bladder to bladder exstrophy, fear and pain can play a major role. To help both the pediatric patient and their parents, a few places around the country are adding psychologists to support the family. “Families often come in...

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Is greater pain reduction found with a closed-loop spinal cord stimulator (SCS) vs fixed-output, open-loop SCS system? Worldwise, 7.5% of people have low back pain, some including leg pain. JAMA Neurology reports findings from a study of participants with chronic, intractable back and leg pain for...

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Postsurgery, who needs which kind of pain management medication? A study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery looks at opioid-naïve patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting and/or valve surgery. Of more than 1900 patients, 28% were discharged without a prescription for opioids...

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A study published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery built upon the insight that many patients with sacral insufficiency fractures (SIF), which can lead to low back pain among other things, had undergone total hip arthroplasty (THA). Information from over 170 patients with these types of...

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Due to long-term conflicts and modern warfare, injuries to military personnel are increasing, and more severe. In order to help those who have served their country, a new Military Medicine Program comprising specialists, rehabilitation, and reconstruction will address the damaged nerves, muscles...

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During the healing process, heterotopic ossification (HO), where bone grows abnormally in soft tissue, may occur. In fact, this abnormal bone growth happens to about a fifth of those who’ve had hip replacement; if the hip needs to be replaced again, HO rises as high as 80%! But why? Do pain-sensing...

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A retrospective cohort study of post colorectal surgery and trips to the emergency department (ED) is discussed in the journal of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. In order to increase prevention of return ED visits—approximately 11% of patients—researchers characterized the factors that brought...

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In a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting, the concerns of postsurgery opioid use, and the groups most at risk, were highlighted. For patients using opioids for the first time for pain management after surgery, certain groups—people who smoke, those who suffer from depression, and...

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At the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ 18th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference, results from an examination of opioid prescribing for over 2,000 lung resection patients were presented. These patients were enrolled in an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol, which lead to...

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In women undergoing a hysterectomy, adenomyosis is seen in anywhere from almost 9% to over 60%. Adenomyosis is defined as endometrial glands and stroma within the middle layer of the uterine wall (myometrium), and can cause heavy monthly bleeding, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, chronic pelvic pain, and...

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