ROUND ROCK, Texas — A local medical center broadcast a surgery on Facebook Live on Friday in hopes it would help the public realize addicts can still undergo medical procedures without risking relapse due to pain treatment.
Dan Hobson, CEO and founder of Rise Recovery Services, scheduled the last-minute surgery on a patient with a Naltrexone implant that negates the analgesic effects of ketamine for those in addiction recovery. In addition, the patient will also forego the use of opiates and only take Tylenol for pain afterward.
Naltrexone is a medication that blocks the body's opiate receptors, meaning the patient will not be able feel the "feel good" effects opiates are known for.
So, for the surgery, doctors will be treating him with general anesthesia with non-narcotic pain medications.
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