PHCS News

Web Chat—Anesthesia and Postoperative Pain Control

Aug 18, 2014
Many individuals who would benefit from a joint replacement are hesitant due to misconceptions about the procedure and recovery time. Yet today, thanks to advances in surgical techniques and pain management, most patients are able to recover quickly and at home.

Orthopaedic surgeons and anesthesiologists collaborate on more than 700 joint replacements each year in the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP).

Bridget M. Ruscito, MD, and Anna Westrick, MD, board certified anesthesiologists who specialize in regional anesthesia for joint replacement surgeries, will discuss how they work to relieve patients' postoperative pain during a live web chat on Thursday, August 21. Dr. Ruscito and Dr. Westrick are members of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and are affiliated with the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement.

The web chat, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on August 21, is intended for those who have scheduled or are considering a joint replacement procedure. To participate, visit PHCS' USTREAM channel—at www.ustream.tv/princetonhealth—using your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Dr. Ruscito and Dr. Westrick will detail the anesthesia protocols used in the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement and also discuss their commitment to reduce patients' postoperative pain and support them in the early phases of physical rehabilitation.

Following their presentation, the doctors will answer questions from the Internet audience members. Viewers who want to ask questions during the chat will need to create a user account or log in using an existing Facebook or USTREAM account. Questions may also be emailed in advance to PrincetonHealth@gmail.com.

For more information or to register, visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar. Registration is not required. However, those who register will be entered to win one of several gift cards that will be awarded immediately following the web chat. Viewers must be present to win.

About Princeton HealthCare System
Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical Center of Princeton, behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit www.princetonhcs.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andy Williams, 609-252-8785
anwilliams@princetonhcs.org