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Plastic Surgical Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3182844219
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The Use of Targeted MicroCurrent Therapy in Postoperative Pain Management

Gabriel, Allen MD, FACS; Sobota, Rachel RN; Gialich, Shelby LPN; Maxwell, G. Patrick MD, FACS

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Abstract

Effective postoperative analgesia is a prerequisite to enhance the recovery process and reduce morbidity. The use of local anesthetic techniques is well documented to be effective, but single-dose techniques (infiltration, peripheral blocks, neuraxial blocks) have been of limited value in major operations because of their short duration of analgesia. Recent advances in technology have led to the development of a noninvasive device, targeted MicroCurrent Therapy, which enhances postsurgical recovery by stimulating the body's natural healing process. This therapy transmits gentle, short bursts of electrical current targeted to the tissue cells at the surgical site. This article reviews recent clinical experience and evidence of this device in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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