Implantable Treatments Provide Alternatives to Opioids for Back Pain

OCTOBER 14, 2016
Gale Scott


In an effort to avoid prescribing opioids except in cases where they are needed doctors are finding new ways to provide relief for their patients. This can include newly developed implantable medications which can help reduce pain and increase quality of life.

As the director of pain management of anasthesia at Syosset Hospital on Long Island, John M. Stamatos, MD, has seen the field of pain management change dramatically over the course of his career. Stamatos said he has seen the implants work well in many cases, including one specific case of an elevator operator who saw a return to the life he had before chronic pain in ways he could not have expected. 

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