At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, we're committed to doing everything possible to prevent or reduce pain for our patients. That mission guides our care in every situation, whether it's a routine checkup or a hospital stay, an outpatient procedure or a complex surgery. With our Comfort Promise Program, for example, we are working to make all needle procedures comfortable and stress-free. When pain is managed, children heal faster and do better overall.

Our approach to pain management is holistic. We employ both conventional pain medications and medicine-free methods shown to effectively control pain. We also may refer some patients to our experts at the Stad Center for Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine. One of the nation's most comprehensive programs of its kind, the Stad Center uses a range of techniques to relieve pain while supporting healing and wellness.