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Adding insult to injury – exploring painful recovery from surgery and trauma

26th October 2018 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Increasing numbers of patients undergo surgery every year and yet up to a quarter of these individuals remain in pain for many months after their incisions have healed.

This meeting will take a unique look at the causes and preventive strategies for persistent pain following surgery as well as trauma.

Experts from Medicine and the Law will explore approaches that we can all take to prepare patients and reduce the impact of this phenomenon.

We will specifically explore informed consent and the extent to which we describe recovery trajectory and timeline to our patients, including a presentation of personal experience from a patient.

Delegates will leave with an understanding of how this field is evolving, in terms of mechanisms, potential interventions, patient involvement and the legal dilemmas of postsurgical, as well as post trauma, persistent pain.


To increase awareness of persistent postsurgical pain, which can last for many months, following elective as well as emergency surgery.


  • Describe the causes and mechanisms of persistent postsurgical pain (PPP)
  • Explore options to minimise or reduce PPP following elective as well as trauma surgery
  • Debate whether patients are truly informed of risk prior to elective surgery and how we could change care pathways to include the public, including carers.


26th October 2018
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
London, W1G 0AE United Kingdom


Pain Medicine Section – The Royal Society of Medicine
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