Post Operative Pain
Acute Pain due to surgery, trauma and disease can be debilitating. Our experts, fellowship-trained anesthesiologists, can effectively manage your pain and speed up your recovery process.
Depending on the reason for your pain, the following therapies can be tailored to obtain optimal pain relief for you.
Having personally performed more than 4,000 nerve blocks at Mayo Clinic and Tampa General Hospital and other hospitals throughout the Tampa Bay Area, Dr. Kalava will perform one of these blocks to efficiently manage your pain.
Opioid Free Infusions for Pain:
IV Dexmedetomindine (Precedex)
IV Acetaminophen (Ofirmev)
IV Ibuprofen (Caldolor)
Occipital Nerve Block
Infra-orbital Nerve Block
Brachial Plexus Block
Paravertebral Nerve Block
Serratus Anterior Plane Block
Erector Spinae Plane Block
Rectus Sheath Block
Quadratus Lumborum (QL) Block
Lumbar Plexus Block
Fascia Iliaca Block
Femoral Nerve Block
Adductor (Saphenous) Nerve Block
Sciatic Nerve Block
Diagnostic Sympathetic Blocks
Therapeutic Stellate Ganglion Block
Therapeutic Celiac Plexus Block
Therapeutic Lumbar Sympathetic Block
Ambulatory Peripheral Nerve Catheters (nerve block catheters to go home with, for extended pain relief for up to 7 days)
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (Read More)
Comprehensive Acute Pain Care
We are committed to reducing postoperative pain and assisting with the early phases of rehabilitation from any surgical procedure. Our clinic provides safe and effective pain management for all surgical patients, using only Opioid-Free options.
We provide state-of-the-art postoperative pain control both regarding analgesic medications and in the techniques used to administer them.
We always uses a multi-modal approach to control postoperative pain. This means that several different types of pain medications are used to help reduce pain in different ways. This approach to pain management helps limit the side effects of high doses of one pain reliever while reaping the benefits of pain relief from a different, complementary technique.
We pride ourselves in providing ambulatory continuous nerve blocks to minimize and nearly eliminate pain from a surgical procedure. With these home nerve catheters extra doses can be given to control pain during peaks of discomfort which may occur during physical therapy. This method of pain management has been associated with higher levels of patient satisfaction, better pain control, and fewer side effects.
We can slowly transition you over to oral Opioid Free pain medications in a few days after your surgery.
Prescription pain medication, most commonly known as opioids, used to treat pain may have side effects ranging from nausea and vomiting to addiction. While there is a need for some opioids after surgery, our physicians only use Opioid Free modalities with results comparable or superior to opioid use. In many cases, we will try to decrease the need for opioids during your recovery.
Nerve blocks, continuous nerve blocks, local anesthetics, and ice therapy are just a few non-opioid approaches to pain control for patients following surgery. Other opioid sparing approaches to pain management include anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-seizure medications and muscle relaxers that are used in tandem with other methods to help reduce pain after surgery. The use of alternative therapies, such as deep breathing exercises, may be incorporated into your treatment as well.