Examining Risk Factors for Chronic Post-surgical Pain

New research reported in The Journal of Pain examined the predictive values of risk factors for chronic pain in patients who underwent two different surgical procedures, total knee arthroplasty and breast cancer surgery. Findings showed that a combination of acute pain and anxiety and pain magnification, regardless of the type of surgical procedure, increases the risk for development of chronic pain.  Researchers recommended that better pain management be undertaken immediately after surgical procedures, and that surgical candidates be screened preoperatively for state anxiety and pain magnification tendencies. Read a news report on the research here.

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