Surgical Sadness

Indeed sad. Two thoughts:
1. The well known phenomena that change is threatening, avoid, avoid, avoid.
2. Each person will have their priority and work out the ‘line-up’ that they will follow at a conference, much like a music festival. It may not come on to the radar of importance, or perhaps they feel that this is someone else’s role in the team to deal with pain.

I once gave a lecture to a group of mixed doctors and physiotherapists about pain. One piece of feedback always stuck in my head: ‘why did we have to have a lecture on pain?’. Not only sad, but very worrying.

We will persevere!


The invitation

I was kindly invited to the recent Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons meeting last week in Auckland to speak about pain related to surgery. My session was concurrent and the other talks in my session included a superb one on central sensitisation by a rheumatologist and one by a psychologist on anxiety and wound healing.

About 1200 surgeons were in attendance and it was an honour to be invited especially as I am not “in the trade”. I was quite chuffed and I was enjoying the preparation of the talk…

The excitement builds…

I was aware of recent papers on the problem of post-surgical pain. Just out was Johansen A et al 2012 reporting that of 2043 surgical patients in the last 3-36 months in northern Norway, around 40% still had symptoms in the area of surgery, around 20% above 3 on a Visual Analogue…

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