Chronic Pain Management
If you have chronic pain, you will benefit from our services. Please call us. Our courteous and professional staff is available to make an appointment for you and will answer any questions you may have.
The health care professionals of the Chronic Pain Management Center are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of acute, chronic, benign and cancer-related pain. Chronic pain is not a specific disease like asthma or diabetes, so isolating the specific cause of pain and starting appropriate treatment is not always simple. There are no clinical tests to verify the presence of pain or measure its intensity.
Through the broad training and experience of our staff, we are able to offer services to children as well as adults and treat many pain syndromes. Our patients who come to this Center have gone through diagnostic tests, MRIs, CAT scans and even surgery. The results of their tests often come back negative, but the pain is still there. We believe their pain is real, whatever the cause! Our aim is to treat the cause of pain and return our patients to their normal lifestyle.
We understand the complexity of our patient's pain and the suffering experienced by many individuals with persistent pain. Our pain team includes dedicated experts in pain medicine. If necessary, our patients are referred to other pain specialists. A multidisciplinary approach is very often warranted.
We work closely with our patient's referring physician, as well as their insurance carrier. In some cases, we are able to offer detailed medical assessments to help resolve confusion about your diagnosis, physical functioning and work status.
The Department of Anesthesiology Chronic Pain Center was established in 1984. The goal of our treatment is to help patients gain control over their pain and lead normal, active and meaningful lives at home and in their community.
Working with each patient is always a challenge and much thought, time and effort is given to each individual. By doing this we are all continually learning more about chronic pain and how best to manage it. Most of all we have learned to appreciate the uniqueness of each individual patient.
Our anesthesiologists have expertise in treating children's and adult pain including the provision of sedation for painful procedures. We see patients who have these and other problems:
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS Type I and II)
Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
Sympathetic nerve block Lidocaine infusion
Trigger point injections
Peripheral nerve block
Celiac plexus block
Medial branch block
TENS (Transcutaneous electral nerve stimulation)
Acupuncture-like TENS (acupuncture without needles)
Our Pain Center is staffed by anesthesiologists and a Nurse Practitioner, who are experts in the field of pain management. They will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding your pain management.
Management of chronic pain (malignant and nonmalignant)
Pain medicine management
Our program not only meets current standards for care of chronic and acute pain, but also works to improve future care through education and research. We keep abreast of new advances and, if appropriate, can refer patients to research studies on pain problems for which answers are still needed.
To be evaluated at the Center, patients must be referred by their primary physician or specialist. Contact us by phone (631)638-0800 with any questions or concerns. Our professional staff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you call and we are not in the office, please leave a message and your call will be answered promptly.
3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road
Our mailing address is:
University Hospital and Medical Center
3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794-9464
Our inpatient service is available 7 days a week, 24-hours a day.
Our Pain Nurses will visit you several times a day to be sure you are comfortable regarding your pain.
We are the only hospital in Suffolk County who offers advanced regional analgesia techniques including long-acting single shot nerve blocks as well as continuous multimodal nerve blocks.
Our services include:
Patient controlled analgesia (PCA)
Regional anesthesia (epidural and other infusions)
Pain Management is available for:
Acute exacerbation of chronic pain
Chronic malignant and nonmalignant pain
For additional information, please call 631-444-4000.