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Unread 02-02-2002, 02:25 PM
Ask your doctor about the "pain ball"

I had my hysterectomy (supra cervical hysterectomy, removal of both ovaries) on Tuesday, January 29. Like many of you I was worried about how much pain I would have and how I would be able to tolerate it. On the morning of the surgery, my doctor said that she was planning to use a device that would deliver local anesthia to the site of the incision for 48 hours following surgery "if it was OK with me." It turned out to be a fanny pack with a small intravenous bag inside which contained fluid and a ball. I guess the ball put pressure on the anesthesia to move into the IV tube. The nurses referred to it as a "pain ball. " When I woke up from surgery, I was feeling a sharp pain in the area of the incision. I thought to myself, "This is not going to be good." I got three doses of morphine through the IV which relieved the pain. Then I believe that the anesthesia device kicked in because I felt only mild pain for the next 48 hours which was easily relieved with percaset which I took about 4 times a day. I was able to get up and walk around easily the day after surgery. The surgeon said that she believed that because people could walk and breathe more easily, they had a better recovery. The "pain ball" ran out on the second day after surgery and the IV was removed from the incision site (no pain). I went home that afternoon (Thursday, January 31) and am amazed that I have experienced nothing that I would call pain since that time -- maybe mild discomfort. I was sent home with percaset and motrin, but am getting along fine with only the motrin. I got a lot of help from this forum before I went into surgery, so I wanted to repay everyone by letting pre-op women know about this option. Ask your doctor about it. I think it is a miracle !
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Unread 02-02-2002, 04:15 PM
Ask your doctor about the "pain ball"

Welcome home, I am glad you had such a great experience. Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience I'm sure it will help plenty of LIW. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Unread 02-02-2002, 04:52 PM
Ask your doctor about the "pain ball"

Thanks for the information on the "pain ball". That is very interesting. Do you mind telling us what area of the country you live in? I have not heard of it being used in my area.

I'm so glad to hear you are doing so well! I look forward to seeing you drop into Post Op.

Take care. Big
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Unread 02-02-2002, 07:21 PM
Ask your doctor about the "pain ball"

My dr said she was going to use something that I can control the amount myself, where I just push a button and if I haven't had any in a while that I would get a shot of it into my system. But I'm going to ask her if she knows anything about the "pain ball". Thanks for the heads up.

Unread 02-02-2002, 08:18 PM
Ask your doctor about the "pain ball" doctor wanted to try that local anesthesia delivery system but our hospital had not yet received the equipment, so I just got the good old PCA pump.

The system he planned on was a small reservoir of local anesthesia, but it was like an irrigation system...a tiny pipette is run along the incision just under the skin. The reservoir delivers a stream of lidocaine or some similar drug right to the incision site.

I think most metropolitan area or teaching hospitals will be seeing this technology pretty soon...ask your doctor about it!

Unread 02-03-2002, 10:58 AM
Ask your doctor about the "pain ball"

Hi Sisters:

I had something that sounds much like this called the "On Que" system. It was a ball filled with anesthetic and had a tube that ran into the site of my incision. Also had the morphine pump but the "ball" seemed to really help as I experienced very little pain. I live in a small beach community in FL so its' use must not be limited just to metropolitan areas.


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