About this event

  • Date and time Fri 1 Jul 2022 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Pain Medicine

This unique event brings together experts in diverse fields to identify how we can help patients prepare prior to surgery and ensure a less painful postoperative journey.

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.

During this session, attendees will be able 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 an 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

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Welcome and introduction

Dr Gillian Chumbley, Consultant Nurse, Pain Service, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Great Expectations! How best to prepare our patients

Professor Johannes Laferton, Professor of Medical Psychology, Health and Medical University 

Is the lack of sleep a pain?

Dr Hugh Selsick, Consultant in Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

Tea and coffee break
Gut reactions: How the gut can affect your pain

Dr Siobhain O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland

Let’s get physical

Dr David McDonald, National Improvement Advisor, National Centre for Sustainable Delivery, Scotland

Panel discussion about sleep, nutrition, patient expectations and exercise
The drugs don’t work: The conundrum of opioid reduction prior to surgery

Dr Jane Quinlan, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford

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

Dr Sibtain Anwar, President, Pain Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Tea and coffee break
It’s all in the mind: Psychological preparation for surgery

Professor Madelon Peters, Professor of Experimental Health Psychology, Maastricht University

Panel discussion on opioids, medications and psychological preparation
The Andrew Lawson prize presentation one

Ms Sophie Rainbow, Year Six Medical Student, Imperial College London

The Andrew Lawson prize presentation two

Mr Drew McMichael, Medical Student, University of Aberdeen

Closing remarks

Dr Gillian Chumbley

End of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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