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Buddy Check 3 May

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:50 PM CDT
A Mastectomy is a very emotionally trying procedure but it is also one of the most painful surgeries to endure post-operatively.
   
Doctor Matt Herren's close family friend recently underwent a Bi-lateral Mastectomy. For days she was in such terrible pain she could not function.

Dr. Matt Herren; "In talking to her and seeing what she went through, that made me start thinking, "What can we do".
   
As an Anesthesiologist, Herren specializes in stopping, or preventing pain altogether. He turned to a device he already used for another condition the On-Q personal Pain Pump.
   
Originally designed to numb painful rib fractures the On-Q Catheter is placed on a patients back under the skin, it continually dispenses a local anesthetic to the nerves that run around from the spine to the chest, blocking pain to that area.
   
Herron theorized that the pump would ease large, mastectomy incisions.
Herron and Surgeon Kurt Stockamp began a trial to test that idea.
   
Stockamp asked Breast Cancer Patient Zacquelin Washington if she would like to take part.
Zacquelin Washington; "I said that's fine, I'm not a believer in pain."

Washington was the 3rd patient in the country to be given the On-Q Personal Pain Pump as part of Sacred's trial.

"One of the nurses came into my room and she asked me, are you in any pain?  I said, no, I'm feeling great.  And I'm hearing all these around me other patients just seem like they were in excruciating pain."
   
"I had several patients early on describe essentially no pain at all after surgery, so it was quite remarkable."
   
"From the time I had my operation till today, I've had zero pain from the actual operation."
   
In less than three weeks, Washington says, her scars were healed.

"Cause I could concentrate on just getting my body where I wanted and needed it to be."
Herron says a normal Mastectomy patient usually reports a  6 to 8 on a ten point pain scale.
His trial patients reported 0 to 1.

He says reconceptionalizing a device that could help women nationally is the highlight of his medical career so far.

"it's nice to actually make a difference."
For Washington, she's convinced pain free helped lead to.

"Cancer free, since, 17 months, almost two years and feeling very good." Buddy Check 3 May


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