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Br J Anaesth. 2008 Jul;101(1):77-86. doi: 10.1093/bja/aen099. Epub 2008 Apr 22.

Chronic post-surgical pain: 10 years on.

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Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY16 9TS, Scotland.


In the past ten years there has been recognition that chronic post-surgical pain is a significant problem. This is a complex area of research and although the quality of studies has improved many difficulties remain. Several recent publications have examined risk factors. Severe acute postoperative pain emerges as a factor that we may be able to influence. There is a need for education of the medical profession and the general public, so that effective measures are introduced and unnecessary and inappropriate operations minimized.

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