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The Department of Anesthesiology now offers acupuncture for your perioperative period.


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. The needles are the width of your hair strand and therefore doesn’t cause much discomfort. Patients describe the feeling as a “tingling”, “heavy” or “aching” sensation. Sometimes, a small device is hooked up to the needles for a brief time to energize the needles. This is called electroacupuncture. The patients have a sensation of tapping or buzzing when this is used.

What are the benefits of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture helps the body’s natural energy –“Qi” to flow smoothly. The World Health Organization has recommended acupuncture for 45 different conditions. 

What are the benefits of receiving Acupuncture before surgery?

Acupuncture has been shown to help patients relax and feel less pain. Most patients receiving acupuncture need less sedatives and hypnotics for their surgery.

What are the benefits of receiving Acupuncture after surgery?

Surgery can be a stressful time for the body. Acupuncture helps to ease the stress by helping with pain, nausea/vomiting, urinary retention, decreased gut motility and anxiety.

Will Acupuncture interfere with my recovery?

Acupuncture aids your recovery by decreasing the amount of side effects from the surgery and the anesthetic. Should you wish to continue with treatments of acupuncture after surgery, please visit The Center for Integrative Medicine website to schedule an appointment.

Who will be doing my acupuncture treatments?

Board Certified Anesthesiologists from the Department of Anesthesiology at UMMS will be treating you with acupuncture. They are certified in Medical Acupuncture.

If I am interested, what should I do?

Let your surgeon know so that he/she will notify our service. Also, mention it to the PREP staff and to your nurse on your arrival to the ASCU center on the day of surgery.

Will I receive a separate bill for my acupuncture treatments?

Yes, you will receive a separate bill. Most health insurance plans cover the cost of acupuncture treatments. You should call your health insurance company to find out. If you intend to use your flex-spend account, we will give you a receipt to submit for that.