PEDIATRIC PAIN MEDICINE AND ADVANCED CARE MEDICINE

The Pediatric Pain Medicine Program provides specialized care to a young population of patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic pain syndromes.  Our group consists of a specialized team of physicians and nurses who work in consultation with child life specialists, psychologists, psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists to provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to pain management. State-of-the-art techniques are used to achieve maximum levels of comfort for all children. Some of the techniques used to treat inpatients include:

  • Intravenous opioid infusions
  • PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia)  
  • Epidural analgesics
  • Co-analgesics
  • Adjuvant Pharmacotherapy
  • Regional nerve blocks
  • Sedation for painful or scary procedures
  • Acupuncture
  • Hypnosis
  • Meditation
  • Focused breathing
  • Guided imagery
  • Family intervention and education
  • Cognitive and behavioral therapies
  • Behavioral as well as pharmacological management of anxiety and depression associated with pain and disease

In addition our team provides expert consultation for chronic pain syndromes such as:

  • Chronic cancer related pain
  • Recurrent Abdominal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes (such as "RSD") Neuropathies
  • Pain associated with Sickle Cell Disease
  • Pain associated with Arthritis and the Autoimmune disorders
  • Pain associated with Cystic Fibrosis Sports related pain
  • HIV/AIDS related pain
  • Head and Oro-facial pain
  • Pain and symptom  management associated  with other chronic complex conditions

Pain in children has often been under-treated in the past, however, today, children have available a multitude of treatment options.  

PEDIATRIC PAIN MEDICINE AND ADVANCED CARE MEDICINE

Anthony Clapcich, MD
Manon Hache, MD
Leila Pang, MD
William Schechter, MD, M.S., F.A.A.P., Director

 

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Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology