The St George Hospital Acute Pain Service (APS) aids in managing complex pain for inpatients. Peritonectomy is a painful procedure which will require strong intravenous pain medication to control this. Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) is a means of self-administering these strong pain medications and is of most benefit in the initial post- operative period when oral intake is not appropriate. Once oral fluids are permitted, a transition to alternate analgesia, usually equivalent oral doses, will commence.
All patients who have Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) post-operatively will be reviewed routinely and then regularly until oral analgesia is commenced. You will have an opportunity to meet and discuss any concerns with the pain team in ACU on the day prior to surgery.