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New York Society of Anesthesiologists

  December 22, 2015

Dr. Meraj Siddiqui, Kaylin Cesarski and Kasey Sharp recently presented a research paper on behalf of the White River Pain Management Clinic during the scientific session of the 69th Annual Post Graduate Assembly (PGA) meeting of the New York Society of Anesthesiologists in New York on December 12. New York Society of Anesthesiologists is the oldest society of anesthesiologists in the world. It is also one of the most respected scientific forums for anesthesia and pain management. Top scientists from all over the world were in attendance to present their state of the art scientific research at the 69th PGA meeting. Their study was only one of two studies from Arkansas selected to be presented at the conference.

Dr. Siddiqui has a devotion and passion for research, especially research involving the implantable pain pump. Over the past year, Dr. Siddiqui and Kaylin Cesarski have been working on the study. The pain pump is a therapy for chronic pain that is used once all of the other therapies fail, including surgery, high dose of opioids and interventional therapies. The pump delivers medication directly to the spinal cord and has a device called PTM. The purpose of this study was to evaluate how the device can prevent opioid withdrawals when switching from oral Morphine to intrathecal Morphine. Often time’s a patient will continue to take oral opioids with the intrathecal opioids once the pump is placed, which increases the likelihood of opioid overdose. If the oral medication is stopped immediately, there is a chance for the patient to go into severe withdrawals. To prevent these withdrawals, the PTM device is used to deliver a set amount of medication for breakthrough pain. As the first study done to establish the role of a PTM in preventing Morphine withdrawals when converting from oral to intrathecal Morphine therapy, it sparked great interest and was very well-received among those in attendance at the conference.

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