The Pain Service at VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) includes UW faculty physicians, a physician assistant, nurses, a Pain fellow and anesthesiology residents. We manage patients with acute and/or chronic pain problems. Attending staff from different specialties including, but not limited to, anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and mental health all have advanced Pain training beyond residency.
Our highly experienced physicians (anesthesiology, PMR) provide a wide variety of interventional pain management in outpatient settings for various subacute to chronic pain conditions as part of a rational treatment plan. We work together to help veterans with chronic pain in collaboration with neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physical therapists, mental health, complimentary medicine and acupuncture.
Chronic pain is a complex experience and not simply a biological event. Overwhelming pain experience is often a psychosocial problem with a medical aspect. This is frequently complicated with PTSD, depression and substance abuse in the VA patient population. We have a long history and experience to help these chronic pain patients with a biopsychosocial model. We collaborate with mental health providers and addiction clinic for those who have dual diagnosis.
In addition to chronic pain, attending and resident anesthesiologists treat and manage acute pain. Common to the practice is managing postoperative pain using epidural analgesia and ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks.
The Pain Service at the VA is expected to undergo major restructure and expansion soon. This will provide more comprehensive pain management with better access for veterans.
VA Puget Sound Healthcare System
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108