ON-Q is put in place by your surgeon and provides continuous pain relief in those important first days after surgery. ON-Q is a small, high-tech balloon that holds local anesthetic (a pain numbing medication) and delivers it through a tiny specially-designed tube directly into the surgical incision site. The medication is delivered continuously and slowly for up to five days after surgery.
Similar to your dentist injecting novocaine into your mouth to create a numbing effect, ON-Q soaks the surgical site to create a numbing effect. Because ON-Q directs the medication only into the area where you have pain, the rest of your body stays in your normal, comfortable state.
The result? Your pain is relieved and you avoid nausea, breathing problems, drowsiness, grogginess, constipation or sleepiness - all of which are side effects of narcotic painkillers.
This option of pain relief helps us deliver the best possible care to our patients, allowing them to heal with less pain and experience a better outcome.