ASA Releases Study on the Anesthesia Needs and Pain of Cannabis Users

With a medical degree from the University of Brussels, David Heimbinder serves as an anesthesiologist at North American Partners in Anesthesia. David Heimbinder maintains membership with multiple professional organizations such as the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

Committed to supporting the medical practice of anesthesiology for healthcare professionals and consumers, the American Society of Anesthesiologists released the results of a one-of-a-kind study on how cannabis users experience pain during and after surgery. Presented at its 2020 annual meeting, the study found that cannabis users could experience higher levels of pain and intake more opioids post-surgery. Additionally, it confirmed prior research that had found cannabis users could need higher doses of anesthesia when undergoing surgery.

To complete the study, researchers assessed data from 118 patients who had surgery for a fractured tibia at the University of Colorado Hospital. Thirty of the patients had consumed cannabis in advance of surgery. On average, the patients who were cannabis users reported a significantly higher pain score than non-users and consumed 58 percent more opioids while in the hospital following the surgery.

An Overview of ASRA’s Mentorship Program

An accomplished anesthesiologist with more than three decades of experience, Dr. David Heimbinder has been affiliated with multiple medical institutions in different capacities. In his current position, he is an anesthesiologist at NAPA, Catholic Medical Center. In addition, Dr. David Heimbinder maintains membership with several professional associations including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) is the largest anesthesiology association, with over 5,000 members drawn from 66 countries. ASRA aims to ensure excellent patient care by utilizing the best practices in regional anesthesia and pain medicine. The ASRA Mentor Match Program is an online career development and networking platform designed to enable ASRA members find and interact with their peers. This program brings together mentors and mentees to foster one on one relationships with an aim to share and learn more about various career-related topics. In a mentorship program that lasts six months, topics covered include career development, leadership, presentation skills, networking, scientific writing, and quality improvement research, among others.

Mentors and mentee matches are made bi-annually. Both parties are required to complete their mentor and mentee profiles providing as much information as possible to help in the identification of the best match. For mentors, they’re required to commit at least an hour every month to engage in a focused conversation with their mentee, as well as provide knowledge that helps to advance a mentee’s professional growth and development. Mentors shouldn’t have more than three mentees at the same time. Mentees are required to drive the relationship with their mentors and focus on pursuing their objectives and goals from the interactions. In addition, mentees are expected to take part in scheduled Mentor Match kick-off, a six-week check-in as well as wrap-up calls.