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Lourdes Orthopedic Chief a Guest Speaker at Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce Event

Roundtable discussion focuses on opioid epidemic and post-surgery pain alternatives offered at Lourdes

WILLINGBORO, NJ— Dr. Sean McMillan, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, will be a guest speaker at the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s (BCRCC) Healthcare Issues Council meeting on June 1. The meeting will be held at the Chamber’s regional office in Mt. Laurel, NJ.

In light of the opioid epidemic, Dr. McMillan will discuss how Lourdes is offering a new technique using a medication called Exparel to perform nerve blocks. This technique helps control postsurgical pain as an alternative to addictive prescriptions. Lourdes performed New Jersey’s first and second opioid-sparing shoulder surgeries in April at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro.

Dr. McMillan will be accompanied by his Lourdes medical team, which includes anesthesiologist Dr. Andy Assiamah and nurse anesthetist Greg Maddress, as well as fellow nurses and staff.

“I am eager to share our experience with Chamber members and guests about how we are working to get patients back on their feet quicker and safer,” said Dr. McMillan. “We look forward to engaging with local leaders about tackling this epidemic and creating solutions to help more people in the community.”

“We are pleased Dr. McMillan and his team will join us at our roundtable discussion,” said Veronica Kraft, Director of Business Development for Ivy Rehab and Chair of the Healthcare Council, Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The widespread use of opioids is not only an issue for Burlington County, but for our state and nation. We appreciate the efforts made by hospitals like Lourdes to curb this epidemic. Dr. McMillan’s experience will certainly be a resource for others.”

On April 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Exparel following shoulder surgery in adults. The nerve block works by anesthetizing the body’s nerves near the shoulder to help control pain for a period of 48 to 72 hours following administration. Normally, these patients could receive a traditional nerve block that would help with pain for 8 to 12 hours, said Dr. McMillan. They may also receive a prescription to control post-surgery pain with a narcotic.

The June 1 roundtable is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and is an invitation-only event that is free to Chamber members. The cost for guests of members is $10. If interested in being a guest, please contact Veronica Kraft at vkraft@ivyrehab.com. Anyone interested in the event who does not have a member contact at the Chamber is welcomed to attend as a guest of Veronica Kraft. BCRCC offices are located at 520 Fellowship Road, E502, Mount Laurel, NJ.

About Dr. Sean McMillan
Dr. Sean McMillan is the Chief of Orthopedics and Director of Orthopedic Sports Medicine at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. Additionally, he is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Rowan University- School of Osteopathic Medicine (RU-SOM). He lectures throughout the country, teaching arthroscopic and orthopedic procedures to his peers. Previously Dr. McMillan worked as a team physician within the Boston Red Sox organization, focusing on the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox. He has covered professional, collegiate, and high school sports.

About the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce (BCRCC) supports a culture where members build meaningful relationships to help advance their business opportunities through high-quality educational events and high-level networking. The BCRCC’s Healthcare Council furthers the education of the healthcare community. Its Healthcare Issues Council Series includes six roundtable discussions with industry leaders on developmental issues. For more information about the BCRCC, visit http://www.bcrcc.com.

 

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