What this pad has done for our patient comfort is simply amazing.
I want to share with you our experience with the Waffle Surgery Table Pad. As you know we are a Free-standing Radiation Therapy Center and provide transperineal interstitial implants of the prostate. Although the actual placement of the catheters is performed in a hospital we typically pick up a patient around 10:00 a.m. and transport to our facilities for CT and radioactive treatments. We usually deliver the first treatment around 2:00 p.m. and must wait 6 hours to deliver the second treatment.
The patient will arrive to the hospital at 5:30 a.m. to be prepped for the procedure. The procedure will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the patient will receive either general or spinal anesthesia. Once the procedure is completed the patient must remain supine until his second treatment is completed around 8:00 p.m. to avoid moving the implant placement. The average patient will be in a supine position for approximately 14 hours creating pressure-points on or near the bony prominences of the body.
Prior to us receiving the Waffle Pad about 90% of our patients would complain of back and/or hip pain. We would provide comfort measures including administering morphine to control the pain and keep the patient comfortable. Since we started using the Waffle Pad only about 10% of patients complain of pain, however, the pain is actually related to the implant device and not to back or hip pressure points. What this pad has done for our patient comfort is simply amazing. We have dramatically decreased the use of morphine for our prostate implant patients. Thank you for providing such a wonderful product.