Seeing a child in pain is one of the most agonizing things in the world. Being unable to help that child is equally so.
The team at Boston Children's Hospital is fighting the battle against childhood pain every moment of every day. The Pediatric Interventional Pain Program takes an evidence-driven approach to care. Based on their deep experience in using minimally invasive interventions to treat pain in adults, their clinicians are refining the application of these approaches in children, adolescents and young adults.
The Pediatric Interventional Pain Program: Pediatric pain requires a multidisciplinary approach that takes both a child’s physical and psychological well-being into account and reduces the use of pain medications when possible. At Boston Children’s Hospital, clinicians work together to address acute and chronic pain using the most effective methods from many different specialties, including interventional pain management.
As part of this team approach, the skilled clinicians in Boston Children’s Pediatric Interventional Pain Program offer a variety of minimally invasive interventional pain management options to eligible patients, including spine procedures, peripheral nerve blocks, muscle, joint and bursa procedures and more. This is where the work of Doctor Pradeep Dinakar, director of the Pediatric Interventional Pain Program comes in. Teens and young adults have found tremendous relief from debilitating pain through a minimally invasive procedure called water-cooled radio frequency ablation.
Sadly, most families can't afford this treatment which is not covered by any medical insurance plans and your help is desperately needed to give children, adolescents and young adults the pain relief they so very much need and deserve.
Like others with muscular dystrophy, Sydney experiences chronic pain, mainly in her spine. “It’s based very much on my position,” she explains. “When I lie down, that triggers pain.” After other forms of conventional pain relief failed, Dr. Dinakar recommended a minimally invasive technique called water-cooled radiofrequency ablation. This approach uses heat from an electrical current produced by radio waves to safely deactivate the nerves that transmit pain.
Although water-cooled radiofrequency ablation is typically used in adults, Dr. Dinakar has modified it for special use in teens and young adults with refractory and debilitating pain. He performed this advanced procedure in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
The procedure provides about four months of significant pain relief until Sydney’s nerves fully regenerate, and she returns to Boston for regular treatments. The experience is made easier by the personalized touches that Dr. Dinakar and his team add. “They know that I’m most comfortable in my wheelchair, so they put me under sedation while I’m still in my wheelchair and then did the procedure and put me back in my wheelchair before I wake up,” says Sydney.
The Pediatric Interventional Pain Program needs your help to assist families who cannot afford water-cooled radiofrequency ablation treatments for their children. Your donation will help greatly in paying for their treatments, not covered by any insurance plans.
Let's help these children, teens and young adults. Your donation will change those tears of pain into tears of joy and relief.
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