The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), along with ASA Pain Committee Chair, Asokumar Buvanendran, M.D., were acknowledged this week by the Chief Medical Officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for demonstrating early support of the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force and for providing input on best practice recommendations for acute and chronic pain.
Dr. Lubenow interview on NBC news in "New Painkiller Alternatives Still Often Denied Insurance Coverage"
Alternatives to painkillers — like nerve stimulators, biofeedback, acupuncture and cognitive therapy — are often denied coverage.
Dr. Lubenow as part of the Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Consensus Group, evaluated peer‐reviewed literature on minimally invasive spine treatment (MIST) to construct guidelines for making treatment recommendations.
New research suggests that there are good alternative to the sole use of opioids to treat post-operative pain. Options range from preemptive anesthesia to mindfulness.
The burgeoning opioid epidemic has forced re-evaluation of use of opioids for long-term treatment of chronic pain, placing more emphasis on alternative and complimentary therapies. Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) may provide a much-needed alternative to opioid use for appropriate patients.