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Chronic Pain After Surgery: Predictive Factors and Prevention Strategies

March 20, 2017 - 5:30pm PST, 8:30pm EST
Recorded in March 20, 2017 - 5:30pm PST, 8:30pm EST


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Most patients and doctors consider pain after surgery and trauma as an acute pain episode, which will disappear when the injury has healed. Over the last 20 years it has become increasingly obvious, that this is not true after many such acute episodes and that there is a continuum leading from acute to chronic pain.

The risk factors for development of chronic pain after surgery are wide ranging and include nerve injury, severe preoperative and acute postoperative pain as well as psychosocial factors such as catastrophising. Understandably, this has lead to increasing interest not only in identifying these risk factors, but also in developing prevention strategies.

After watching this webinar you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the high incidence and severity of chronic postsurgical pain
  • Understand biomedical and psychosocial risk factors for such pain
  • Discuss potential risk minimisation strategies by interpreting the risk factors
  • Understand the potential of prevention strategies and our current limited knowledge of these.

StephanSchugProfessor Stephan A Schug MD FANZCA FFPMANZCA

Chair of Anaesthesiology
Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Anaesthesiology Unit
School of Medicine and Pharmacology
Director of Pain Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital

Stephan Schug is Professor and Chair of Anaesthesiology in the Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Anaesthesiology of the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia and Director of Pain Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital, Australia. Professor Schug studied medicine at the University of Cologne, Germany, where he also obtained his MD in clinical pharmacology and subsequently specialised in anaesthesia and pain medicine.

His principal research interests include the management of acute and chronic pain, cancer pain, regional anaesthesia, the pharmacology of local anaesthetics and analgesics and quality improvement in health care.

He has written over 80 research and 170 review papers, as well as abstracts, letters, and editorials, and has edited or co-authored several books, book chapters, and monographs. He is currently on editorial and review boards of several leading journals including Pain & Therapy, Annals of Palliative Medicine, Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology and CNS Drugs. Professor Schug is an active member of several pain and anaesthesia societies including Chair of the SIG Acute Pain of IASP and is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and its Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPMANZCA), where he is a member of the Board of the Faculty.


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