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


Friday 26 October 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Pain Medicine Section


CPD - Applied for

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about this event

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 or trauma.

Experts in medicine and law will explore approaches that we can all take to prepare patients and reduce the impact of this phenomenon.

This event will highlight and explore informed consent and the extent to which professionals describe recovery trajectory and timeline to patients, including a presentation of personal experience from a patient.

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

Topics include:

  • The causes and mechanisms of persistent post-surgical pain (PPP)
  • Exploration of options to minimise or reduce PPP following elective or 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



RSM member: £45 - £95

Non-member: £65 - £160


*Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here. Programme subject to change.


8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

Welcome and introduction

Dr Sibs Anwar, Consultant in Perioperative Medicine, Barts Heart Centre

9.10 am

Persistent postsurgical pain: 20 years on

Dr Bill Macrae, Retired Consultant in Pain Medicine, Dundee

9.50 am

How can I have recovered and yet remain in pain? Mechanisms of pain persistence

Professor Tony Dickenson, Professor of Neuroscience, University College London

10.30 am

Tea and coffee break

11.00 am

Prevention is the Holy Grail...the failed quest for a silver bullet

Professor Patricia Lavand'Homme, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels

11.40 am

If I knew then what I know now...involving patients in decisions before elective surgery

Dr Ramai Santhirapala

12.20 pm


1.20 pm

Not all surgery is planned...managing the pain of trauma in the battlefield

Lieutenant Colonel Dominic Aldington, Former Special Matter Expert in Pain Medicine, Ministry of Defence

2.00 pm

Surgery without opiates - a Utopian future or an unmet need?

Professor Lesley Colvin, Chair in Pain Medicine, University of Dundee

2.40 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.00 pm

Current controversies in enhanced recovery after surgery: Focus on the role of pain medicine

Professor Henrik Kehlet, Professor of Perioperative Therapy, Copenhagen

3.40 pm

The trauma of surviving surgery - a patient's story

Mr David Aaronovitch, The Times newspaper

4.20 pm

PPP post Montgomery - how informed is your consent?

Mr Simon Lindsay, Partner, Bevan Brittan

5.00 pm

Panel debate with audience question and answer session, moderated by Dr Sibs Anwar

Dr Ramai Santhirapala, Professor Henrik Kehlet, Mr David Aaronovitch, Mr Simon Lindsay

5.30 pm

Close of meeting

Online evaluation survey and certificate will be sent after the meeting

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  • Online registration will close on Monday 22 October 2018
  • RSM member rates start from £45
  • Non member rates start from £55
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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Kady GummersonTel: 02072903937 Email: arrow