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August 10, 2010

UK Doctors Develop Surgical Pain Relief Technique

A team at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, UK, has developed a pain relief technique that will help patients undergoing surgery. The technique, currently used for hand and arm operations, could have future applications in orthopaedic surgery, according to the BBC. The process is les

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A team at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, UK, has developed a pain relief technique that will help patients undergoing surgery.

The technique, currently used for hand and arm operations, could have future applications in orthopaedic surgery, according to the BBC.

The process is less risky for patients and saves on the cost of extended hospital stays following the surgery, which would no longer be necessary.

The technique uses a nerve block instead of general anaesthetic and gives prolonged pain relief that lasts for about half a day.

Patients are conscious throughout their surgery and can be discharged within 30 minutes afterwards.

The process is free from the side effects that general anaesthetic can lead to, such as drowsiness or nausea.

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