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Published on October 17, 2013

Chairman of Surgery at Saint Mary’s Featured in Webinar

WATERBURY, Conn. (October 17, 2013) ─ Dr. Philip Corvo, Chairman, Department of Surgery, recently participated in a live webcast on the effects of Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) blocks to control pain after abdominal surgery. TAP blocks are performed by the anesthesiologist in conjunction with the surgeon and offer several advantages for pain control, including the use of less narcotics.

Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP)“I’ve had hernia patients go home with almost no pain, and use only ice while at home,” Dr. Corvo said. In most cases, patients can opt for a non-prescription pain reliever, such as Tylenol, in place of narcotic pain medication. One-third of Dr. Corvo’s patients require no pain medication following hernia surgery.

“It’s an impressive advantage we have here at Saint Mary’s. Under the guidance of Dr. Keith Lipsitz, our Chairman of Anesthesia, our anesthesia department is able to offer this great new technique to almost all abdominal surgery patients, with great results. We probably do this technique better than almost any hospital in the state,” he said.

The webinar available online for physician s to view and receive CME credits. To view the webinar featuring Dr. Corvo, go to The password to receive CME credit is postoppain.

Saint Mary’s Hospital is the region’s leader in surgery with one of the largest robotic-assisted surgery programs in New England, an experienced and caring team surgeons trained in a full range of surgical subspecialties, and the Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center, which is celebrating more than 25 years of excellence as a freestanding outpatient surgical center. For more information about surgical services at Saint Mary’s, visit the Surgical Services page.

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