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Opioid-Free Surgical Pain Management Program at UPMC Shadyside

What Is Opioid-Free Pain Management?

Do you want to avoid using opioid medicines to manage pain before, during, or after surgery? Then the Opioid-Free Pain Management Program for Surgical Patients at UPMC Shadyside is for you.

We designed the program for people who want to control surgery-related pain without using opioids.

About the Program

The Opioid-Free Pain Management Program is optional for people having surgery at UPMC Shadyside. You can change your mind and opt out of the program at any time.

Also, your pain management needs may change. Your care team can change your treatment plan to meet those needs.

Quick facts about the Opioid-Free Pain Management Program

  • Enrollment. Ask your surgeon about treatment using an opioid-free surgical pathway.
  • Team Awareness. Members of your care team will know if you're enrolled in the program and will support you along the way.
  • Pre-Op Prep. The care team will help you get ready for surgery.
  • Non-Opioid Pain Management. We can manage your pain using strong, non-opioid medicines.
  • Other Pain-Management Techniques. The care team may discuss other drug-free ways to help you relax and manage pain.

How Does the Opioid-Free Pain Management Program Work?

Drug-free pain management techniques

You can ask your care team about other ways to decrease pain without using medicines (*if available), such as:

  • Aromatherapy.*
  • Auriculotherapy.*
  • Acupuncture.*
  • Hypnosis.*
  • Mindful breathing.
  • Music therapy.
  • NeuroCuple™ device.*
  • Positive daily reflection.
  • Relaxation channel.

Contact Us About Opioid-Free Pain Management at UPMC Shadyside

If you have questions about our Opioid-Free Pain Management Program for Surgical Patients: