Post-Surgical Pain

Post-Surgical Pain

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Surgical operations can sometimes result in unexpected long-term pain. The chance of developing long-term pain after surgery varies depending upon the type and location of surgery.

Surgeons and anaesthetists are experts on strategies to prevent post-surgical pain – but sometimes it still occurs.

Often post-surgical pain is neuropathic (nerve) pain, but not always.

At NIPM we see post-surgical pain after a variety of surgical types including orthopaedic surgery, spinal surgery, gynaecological surgery, hernia surgery, breast surgery, cardiac thoracic surgery, dental surgery, head and neck surgery and others.

If post-surgical pain does develop then your doctor at NIPM can evaluate the cause and develop a plan to help improve quality of life and discuss any treatments available to reduce pain. Strategies for treating post-surgical pain include:

  1. Physical therapy and psychological strategies to improve function and quality of life when living with post-surgical pain.
  2. Optimising medication use.
  3. Pain management procedures to reduce post-surgical pain. There are some potentially very effective procedural techniques for reducing post-surgical pain.