Interview with Nancy Weigman, host of “Nancy’s Bookshelf” on North State Public Radio. Nancy dives deep into chronic pain relief, especially low back pain and headaches, then asks Dr. Cottrell about the complex, sophisticated role of the anesthesiologist and how you can participate in your own care.
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Safe Surgery and Chronic Pain Relief, Part 1: anesthesiologist James Cottrell on “Nancy’s Bookshelf“
Part 1 description: “I didn’t know I needed a guide to surgery and pain relief until I read your book!” –Nancy Wiegman
In Part 1 of this interview, host Nancy Wiegman and Dr. Cottrell dive deep into the many options to treat chronic pain, especially low back pain and headache. Dr. Cottrell explains the anesthesiologist’s role treating pain, why opiate drugs are a last resort, and how to use these drugs safely to avoid addiction.
Safe Surgery and Anesthesia, Part 2: Dr. James Cottrell on “Nancy’s Bookshelf”
Part 2 description: In Part 2, Dr. Cottrell explains the complex, sophisticated work of the anesthesiologist to keep you alive in many different types of surgery. He describes the difference between regional and general anesthesia and explains the special anesthesia requirements for children and the elderly.
Then Dr. Cottrell tells Nancy how you as a patient can participate actively in your own care–by knowing what you need and asking for it–and how to deal effectively with your managed care company.
Last, he predicts future improvements in anesthesia.