SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State senior Julia Wright, who completed her four-year volleyball playing career with the Hornets in the fall, recently had pre-operative and post-operative pain reduction abstracts published and has been invited to present her findings at the International Hernia Congress this week in Miami.
Wright teamed with her father Robert, brother Daniel, and co-worker Kyler Perry on a study that centers around the reduction of narcotic prescription for abdominal surgeries. Two abstracts derived from the study have already been published by the Americas Hernia Society, and the North Pacific Surgical Association. The complete study, entitled Preoperative Pain Measures Ineffective in Outpatient Abdominal Surgeries, will be published by the American Journal of Surgery in May.
Wright and her team have been invited to present their findings at the International Hernia Congress in Miami on Thursday of this week (March 15). The conference is a professional forum for North America, Central America and South America for the exchange of information and education regarding diagnosis and treatment of abdominal wall abnormalities.
Wright put together surgery data over a two-year span, and went through hundreds of patient charts while collecting data. One of her findings concluded that TENS units (Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation) administered to patients after surgery helped with pain levels about the same as narcotics, and helped reduce narcotic prescription refills. Wright, who would like to become a physical therapist, noted that TENS has been used for years by physical therapists for recovery and pain reduction.
The abstracts published are entitled "Preoperative Pain Reducing Measures Ineffective in Outpatient Hernia and Gallbladder Surgeries", and "TENS Units Augment Postoperative Pain Management in Outpatient Hernia and Gallbladder Surgeries".
Wright played four years of volleyball at Sacramento State (2014-17) where she appeared in 104 matches and 340 sets as a defensive specialist. She finished her career with 327 digs, and helped the team to a Big Sky Conference regular season championship in the fall.
In fact, Wright helped Sacramento State improve upon its conference record every year of her career, from 3-13 in 2014, to 12-4 in 2015, 13-3 in 2016, and 15-1 this past season. The team won at least 20 overall matches during each of her final three years, and over that span, combined for a 72-19 overall record and a 40-8 mark in league play.
The Puyallup, Wash., native is on pace to graduate in the fall with a kinesiology degree.
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