Saturday, November 6, 2010

Finding the RIGHT Pain Management Physician

Picking your Pain Physician is an important part of the healing process.

Republic Spine & Pain is dedicated to continually increasing our understanding of pain. Armed with the skills gained from continued research focused on the mechanisms behind pain, the effects of pain on the whole person, and new treatment modalities which evidence has shown to be effective, many more patients will benefit today than was possible in the past when physicians were trained. Not too long ago, the medical field and the physicians who trained during that time had less understanding of all the reasons people experience pain, of the far-reaching consequences of pain on the body and the mind, and they were not aware of some of the new technologies and treatments that can be utilized today to alleviate pain, when learned through specialized training in Pain Management.

The specialty practice of Pain Management evolved greatly. This occurred largely through advances in post-operative pain control overseen by anesthesiologists. The job of an anesthesiologist expanded from providing anesthesia during surgery, typical pain control for women during labor, and to trauma patients.

Republic Spine & Pain is proud say all our physicians are Board Certified Anesthesiologists.

Fellowship training is the highest level of training available for a doctor in any given sub-specialty of medicine.
For example, a doctor first must complete medical school, then proceeds to an internship and residency program. After all of that extensive training in an area of the medical field , typically 7-9 years after an undergraduate degree is obtained, a fellowship is an additional specialised year that takes his or her expertise one step higher.

Fellowship training exposes a physician to the most complex medical cases and advanced treatments in medicine that are available in their specialty area. It is important to make sure that your physician is Fellowship-Trained; and even more importantly - where did they complete their fellowship? All of the physicians at Republic Spine & Pain completed a fellowship program at an ACGME accredited university-based medical program.

REMINDER: A fellowship is additional clinical training that a physician undertakes after completing a residency, to become highly specialized in their field. Wouldn't you want to go to a doctor who had the best knowledge and training to be able to effectively help you or your loved from all of the harmful effects of ongoing and/or severe pain? And improve their quality of life?

Dr Ostadian and Dr Yeh trained in interventional, interdisciplinary, acute, chronic, and cancer pain management in both inpatient and outpatient settings.The primary site for their training was the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management Pain Center, a prominent endowed center and ACGME accredited fellowship program at UT Southwestern.