Vibration for Pain Reduction in a Plastic Surgery Clinic
Mitchell G. Eichhorn, MD1, Murad J. Karadsheh, BS2, Johanna R. Scheer, MD1, Ronald D. Ford, MD1.
1Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, 2Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI, USA.
Patients can experience significant pain during routine procedures in the plastic surgery clinic. Methods for clinical pain reduction are often impractical, time consuming, or ineffective. Vibration is a safe, inexpensive, and highly applicable modality for pain reduction that can be readily utilized for a wide variety of procedures. This randomized prospective study evaluated the use of vibration as a viable pain reduction strategy in the clinical plastic surgery setting.
Patients requiring at least two consecutive procedures that are considered painful were enrolled in the study. These included injections, staple removal, and suture removal. In the same patient, one half of the procedures were performed without vibration and the other half with vibration. The patients rated their pain with vibration and without vibration. The patient and the researcher also described the experience with a short questionnaire.
29 patients were enrolled in the study. Patients reported significantly less pain on the NRS pain scale when vibration was used compared to the control group (p<0.001). The average pain score was 3.52 without vibration versus 1.93 with vibration and 86% of the patients claimed vibration significantly reduced their pain.
Vibration is an effective method of pain reduction. It significantly reduces the pain experienced by patients during minor office procedures. Given its practicality and ease of use, it is a welcome tool in the plastic surgery clinic.
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