Monday, December 3, 2007
Medical Reports: Numb the Pain
We all hate getting poked and prodded at the doctor's office, and, for needlephobes, even the thought of getting stuck can send them into a panic. As Seven's Richard Lemus shows us, there's a new device to help Numb the Pain of needles.
WSVN -- It's as tiny and thin as a piece of thread, but needles can cause a lot of panic and pain for some people.
Alisa Rauner: "I just can't stand the thought of being pricked. I just get all tense and nervous."
Getting stuck can make even the toughest people crumble.
Abigail Vazquez: "I am scared of the needles, and I am so nervous, I pass out."
For all you needlephobes, there's a new pain patch called LidoSite that's taking the ouch out of needles and scalpels.
Brian Whaley: "Here's a nice way of numbing the skin quickly and painlessly."
The patch uses a combination of the painkillers Lidocaine and Epinephrine. It's applied to the area where the needle will go in and then connected to a controller that sends a mild electrical current into the tissue to numb the area.
Brian Whaley: "A very low electrical current is run through the Lidocaine patch, and that will actually go through the skin, carrying the Lidocaine deeper into the tissue."
After 10 minutes, you're ready for a pain-free stick. Needlephobe Abigail Vazquez used the patch before she had a mole removed from her face.
Abigail Vazquez: "Maybe like a little tingly sensation."
When it came time to have her mole removed, she never even felt the scalpel.
Abigail Vazquez: "Nothing! It's fantastic! Everyone should use it."
Alisa Rauner also got the patch before she had blood drawn.
Alisa Rauner: "It gave a little jolt but no pain at all."
The patch made the needle-stick a breeze.
Alisa Rauner: "I sat through the whole procedure. I wasn't nervous at all. It made it real easy. I told her to take a few more vials."
It's easy to make jokes when you're not feeling any pain.
Richard Lemus: "If you have a pacemaker or any sort of electrical implant in your body, you can't use the patch because of the electrical current that's used. Right now only a few doctors' offices in South Florida are using the patch."
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