Pain Centre

19 October 2007

How long should pain relief continue?

Surgeons all too often think their patients do not have any pain, and if they have, it does not last longer than a day. If only they would ask their patients!

This is an important question, with a very simple answer: as long as the patient needs it.

Surgeons all too often think their patients do not have any pain, and if they have, it does not last longer than a day. If only they would ask their patients! Major surgery (chest, abdomen, joint replacements) is very painful for two to four days, and the appropriate pain relief must be provided for this duration of time as well.

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Links:
Arthritis Foundation of South Africa
Multiple Sclerosis South Africa
The South African Society of Physiotherapy

 

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Dr Raath originally specialised and worked as an anaesthesiologist in private practice. In 2008 he obtained his Fellowship In Interventional Pain Practice and since then has operated the the Pain Clinic at the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital in Pretoria which treats all forms of chronic pain. Read more here.

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