At Suburban Hospital, relieving pain from surgery, trauma or acute illness is a focus of our Pain Management Service. Providing up-to-date pain management techniques, such as patient controlled analgesia (PCA) or epidural analgesia, helps patients to recover sooner and return home with less pain.
Using a collaborative, patient-centered approach to pain management helps ensure that pain relief is assessed regularly. Using both traditional pain management techniques and newer interventional techniques, such as continuous peripheral local anesthetic catheters, can help to maximize pain control for patients.
Our Pain Management Program includes four anesthesiologists and a nurse practitioner who specializes in pain management and palliative care. Together, the Pain Management Team provides services for patients with complex pain management needs and oversees acute pain management modalities such as PCAs, epidural catheters and peripheral local anesthetic catheters.
Any inpatient who is having difficulty with pain management can be seen by a pain management specialist. Physicians can request a consult from the Pain Management Service at any time, and nurses and patients can request to see the pain management nurse practitioner when pain is problematic.
To contact the Pain Management Service, patients can ask a nurse to contact the physician on call.
For outpatient services, please contact Sibley Pain Clinic at 202-537-4589.
Patients may also be interested in our Palliative Care program.