About this event

  • Date and time Thu 21 May 2020 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Pain Medicine

Please note this event has been cancelled.

It is recognised that patients undergoing surgery can experience pain after surgery and that for some patients this pain can persist beyond the expected time of healing. The aim of this meeting is to explore whether prehabilitation prior to surgery can lead to reduced pain after surgery.

Our multidisciplinary speakers will review the evidence as to whether changes in our diet, sleep, exercise regimen, pain medication, psychological preparation and managing our expectations can promote better outcomes.

This is a unique opportunity to have experts in their diverse fields come together to identify how we can help patients prepare prior to surgery for a less painful journey post-operatively.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of pain prehabilitation prior to surgery.
  • Appreciate why sleep is important and how lack of sleep can affect pain.
  • Understand how pain medications can interfere with sleep. Understand how anxiety, depression and catastrophising can affect the level of pain that we experience.
  • Know how best to manage the patient’s expectations of pain after surgery.
  • Understand how the gut microbiome affects pain and are there changes that can be made to our diet prior to surgery.
  • Understand the ways in which physical preparation and help to improve pain after surgery.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of how opioids can adversely affect pain management and why we may need to decrease them prior to surgery.
  • Understand the evidence for pre-emptive analgesia and what should be avoided

20% discount is available until 21 April 2020 for delegates attending 'Sleep and Pain' event being held on 22 May. To access this discount, please call customer service on 020 7290 3941.

Key speakers

Dr Aliza Weinrib

Clinical Psychologist and research associate in the Human Pain Mechanisms Lab. 

Speaker's biography

Dr Weinrib's research is grounded in her clinical work at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital, where she provides clinical care to patients struggling with acute and chronic pain. She is the Chair of the Ontario Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, which hosts peer meetings and trainings for those interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her research portfolio includes designing, implementing, and testing brief behavioral interventions for pain management before and after surgery.


Dr Jane Quinlan

FRCA FFPMRCA Consultant in Anaesthesia and pain management

Speaker's biography

Dr Quinlan studied medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, trained in anaesthesia at St Thomas’s and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals before coming to Oxford in 1997, and was appointed consultant in 2000. She has been Trust lead for Pain at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and continues to be an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford. Her pain interests include opioid painkiller dependence; persisting post-surgical pain; and pain management in neuromyelitis optica.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
The concept of prehabilitation
It’s all in the mind: psychological preparation for surgery


Gut reactions: how the gut can affect your pain


Tea and coffee break
The drugs don’t work: the conundrum of opioid reduction prior to surgery

Dr Jane Quinlan

Pre-emptive strike: does it help pain after surgery?

Dr Sibs Anwar

Panel discussion about microbiome, psychology, opioids and medications
Let’s get physical: pain and exercise

Dr David McDonald

Pre-emptive strike: Does it help pain after surgery?

Dr Hugh Selsick

Tea and coffee break
Great expectations! How best to help our patients

Speaker TBC

Panel discussion on sleep, exercise and patient expectations
Closure of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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