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What is the On-Q System?

ON-Q is put in place by your surgeon and provides continuous pain relief in those important first days after surgery.

ON-Q is a small high-tech balloon that holds local anesthetic (a pain-numbing medication) and delivers it through a tiny specially-designed tube directly into the surgical incision site. The medication is delivered continuously and slowly for up to five days after surgery.

ON-Q | HollywoodSimilar to your dentist injecting novocaine into your mouth to create a numbing effect, ON-Q soaks the surgical site to create a numbing effect. Because ON-Q directs the medication only into the area where you have pain, the rest of your body stays in your normal, comfortable state.

The result? Your pain is relieved and you avoid the nausea, breathing problems, drowsiness, grogginess, constipation or sleepiness - all of which are side effects of narcotic painkillers.

 

How does ON-Q work?

ON-Q | HollywoodThe ON-Q System is simple yet elegant, effective and requires you to do nothing so you can concentrate on your life while you recover comfortably and quickly.

  • ON-Q is put in place by a surgeon during the operation.
  • The small balloon is connected to a tiny specially-designed tube that the surgeon places near the surgery site.
  • ON-Q begins soaking the site with pain-numbing medication immediately after surgery and works continuously for up to five days.
  • The ON-Q system can be worn discreetly and may accompany you home.
  • ON-Q works automatically.
  • ON-Q keeps the incision site numb, thus reducing pain.
  • The doctor, nurse or you easily removes the pump and tube when all of the medicine has been delivered.
  • You can get back to normal activities and body functions faster than with pain-relieving narcotics.

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ON-Q | HollywoodHow does ON-Q relieve pain?

  • ON-Q is a small balloon which holds pain numbing medication and automatically soaks the surgical site.
  • Although narcotics are often unnecessary when using ON-Q, they can still be used to relieve any residual pain.

 

What are the benefits of using ON-Q after your surgery?

  • Feel better faster after surgery
  • Recover comfortably
  • Reduce length of hospital stay
  • Return to normal activities sooner
  • Keep a clear head during your recovery

 

When will I feel the effects of ON-Q ?

  • Relief starts the moment your surgery is done
  • ON-Q provides pain relief right where you need it
  • Gets you back on your feet faster

 

What is recovery like?

  • The ON-Q System numbs the area of your surgery
  • Keeps your head clear while keeping your post-op pain under control
  • Controls post-op pain without narcotic side effects
  • It comes with a small carry case to hold the balloon making it the most discreet system of its kind

 

Why should you ask for the ON-Q system?

  • ON-Q is put in place during your surgery
  • Works automatically, right at the point of pain
  • Let your surgeon know you'd like ON-Q relief

 

 

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