British patients at a private hospital can now get ultrasound treatment instead of general anesthetics for some surgeries. According to ThisIsLincolnshire.co.uk, the BMI Lincoln hospital claim people will be able to avoid the negative side effects of pain management drugs, and they will not need to be put to sleep.
This hospital has recently installed the SonoSite Edge system, which allows surgeons to pinpoint specific areas of the body. Ultrasound technology is best known for its use to see an image of a pregnant woman's womb. The technique uses high-frequency sound waves to penetrate tissue. This "cutting-edge" technology of the SonoSite Edge system could really help patients with chronic pain.
Dr. Intazar Bashir, who is the founder of the pain clinic at the hospital, said, "The normal risks of anesthesia, such as drop in blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, to name a few, can be completely avoided. In addition, opiates, drugs like morphine, can be avoided, which will improve both patient experience and recovery."
Bashir also said, "By using this new technique and equipment, I will be able to improve the quality of pain relief I can provide to my chronic pain patients, potentially avoiding medications which could have severe side effects and thus improve quality of life of all our patients." This new technology allows surgeons to perform both routine and complex procedures.
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