Chronic Pain

Chronic (Persistent) Post-Surgical Pain – What can I do?

Chronic (Persistent) Post-Surgical Pain – What can I do?

WHAT IS IT?

Definitions of pain vary widely, and post-surgical pain is no different. 2017 was the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery as declared by the IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain).

A working definition of chronic post-surgical pain (CPSP) is pain that:

  • persists for at least 3 months after surgery,

  • was not present before surgery and/or different characteristics or increased intensity from pre-operative pain,

  • occurs in surgical site and/or referred area, and

  • is not due to other causes, e.g. infection, disease recurrence, or surgical complication [2].

THE BURDEN OF CHRONIC PAIN, ITS BIGGEST FIVE CAUSES AND TREATMENTS

THE BURDEN OF CHRONIC PAIN, ITS BIGGEST FIVE CAUSES AND TREATMENTS

Chronic pain is not just pain. When pain persists and becomes chronic it places a huge burden on the patient, their family and loved ones as well as the health care services and the wider community.

This blog presents some statistics that have helped us understand the magnitude of this burden as well as looking at the biggest causes of chronic pain and their treatment approaches.