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Published on July 17, 2014

Innovative Technique Helps Patient Get Back on Her Feet

VickiThe last thing Vicki Morehouse expected to hear the day before her son’s wedding was that she needed emergency abdominal surgery.

“I was so upset,” the Prospect resident said. “You can imagine how devastating it would be to miss my only son’s wedding.”

In spite of it all, she was determined to attend the wedding and dance with her son, Jason, the next day. The surgery was performed by Dr. Aziz Richi at Saint Mary’s Hospital. The anesthesiologist applied an innovative technique for pain control called a TAP Block, which helps control pain after abdominal surgery. As a result, many patients require no pain medication following surgery. Vicki did well, had no complications, and was able to be released from the hospital the very next day, with a few limitations. None of that mattered because less than 24 hours after surgery, she attended the wedding ceremony, and at the reception, she did share that dance with her son. It was the perfect mother-and-son moment on a very special day.

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