A study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology claims to offer physicians a new planning tool to help identify patients’ risks of chronic pain after surgery. Lead study author Antonio Montes Perez, MD, PhD, department of anesthesiology, Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, Spain, commented “We sought a tool that would reliably predict a patient’s risk preoperatively, at the time surgery is being planned. We developed a risk scoring system that can be used before surgery, when care planning and preventive measures are critically important.”
The study examined 2,929 patients undergoing either hernia repair, hysterectomy, or thoracotomy to assess their pain at 4, 12, and 24 months postsurgery. A scoring system was developed based upon 6 predictors of pain likelihood. The authors assert that such risk scoring can promote more informed patient-clinician consideration of factors leading up to and following the surgical procedure, thereby leading to more favorable treatment outcomes.
Read more about the assessment tool here.