Chronic Post-Surgical Pain

Some pain is inevitable after any surgical procedure. However, some people experience more pain than expected and for a longer duration. Pain after surgery is considered to be chronic if it lasts for longer than three months, whether it is continuous or intermittent. Referred pain, where pain originating from one part of the body is felt in a different location, is another type of pain which might be encountered.

The incidence in major operations is quoted as 10% to 50% and severe in 2 -10%. It is common, as tissue and nerve damage is unavoidable in any surgical procedure. Nociceptive pain is caused by tissue damage during surgery. Neuropathic pain, which is caused by nerve damage, is described as stabbing pain, skin irritation and sensitivity, numbness, tenderness, tightness and pulling sensations.

Management of Chronic Post-Surgical Pain

Our individualised holistic approach:
Full history and assessment
Appropriate investigations
Education about chronic post surgical pain so you can take steps to manage the condition
Occupational and lifestyle advice
Medication review and optimisation
Physiotherapy and exercise
Psychology based treatments

Pain interventions:
Scar Injection + Pulsed radiofrequency
Trigger point injections
Dorsal Root Ganglion and Pulsed Radiofrequency Ilioinguinal + genitofemoral nerve blocks and radiofrequency
Nerve root block
Qutenza treatment