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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

Plastic Surgical Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3182844219
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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.

Author Information

Allen Gabriel, MD, FACS, is Director of Research, Department of Plastic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California. Dr Gabriel is a board certified plastic surgeon and the assistant professor at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is also the chief of plastic surgery at Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center.

Rachel Sobota, RN, is a licensed RN at Peacehealth Plastic Surgery, Vancouver, Washington.

Shelby Gialich, LPN, is a licensed LPN at Peacehealth Plastic Surgery, Vancouver, Washington.

G. Patrick Maxwell, MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and Clinical Professor of Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California.

Address correspondence to Allen Gabriel, MD, FACS, 505 NE 87th Ave, Suite 250, Vancouver, WA 98664 (e-mail: gabrielallen@yahoo.com).

The authors have no financial interests with respect to the device discussed in this manuscript.

Copyright © 2013 by American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses