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Release: Feb. 26, 2003

(Photo: Richard Rosenquist, M.D., UI associate professor in anesthesia, director of the new Center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia)

New Center To Manage Pain At UI Hospitals and Clinics

Specialists at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are serving patients in the new Center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia.

The $1 million center represents a unique approach to managing patients' pain. The facility is the first of its kind to incorporate the treatment of chronic and acute postoperative pain, and the performance of regional anesthesia and analgesia techniques in a single clinic.

Richard Rosenquist, M.D., UI associate professor in anesthesia, serves as director of the center. "The center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia will help meet a very significant need among patients," Rosenquist said. "No one can guarantee that every patient will achieve complete pain relief, but we are fully committed to working with patients and their families to explore options designed to maximize quality of life and overall function."

The center brings together the expertise of a full array of specialists who can work with patients and families in a comprehensive approach to better manage pain. Their objective is to provide pain management for patients with prolonged, treatment-resistant pain. In many cases, patients have not received successful treatment previously.

"We know that there is a real demand for this kind of care," Rosenquist said. "We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our patients as efficiently and effectively as possible, and fortunately, the new center will increase our capacity."

The center is designed to meet the needs of patients affected by disorders ranging from cancer and headaches to complex regional syndrome (RSD) and back injuries. Treatment options include oral medication, physical therapy, injections, interventional therapies (radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery), psychological counseling, and alternative medicines and or therapies.

For more information, visit the UI Center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia online at http://www.anesth.uiowa.edu/painmedicine, or by calling (319) 356-2320.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACTS: Jim Lane, 319-384-8074, mailto:james-lane@uiowa.edu.Writer: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.