Chronic post-surgical pain: 10 years on

Br J Anaesth. 2008 Jul;101(1):77-86. doi: 10.1093/bja/aen099. Epub 2008 Apr 22.


In the past ten years there has been recognition that chronic post-surgical pain is a significant problem. This is a complex area of research and although the quality of studies has improved many difficulties remain. Several recent publications have examined risk factors. Severe acute postoperative pain emerges as a factor that we may be able to influence. There is a need for education of the medical profession and the general public, so that effective measures are introduced and unnecessary and inappropriate operations minimized.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Analgesia / methods
  • Anesthesia / methods
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Pain, Postoperative / etiology*
  • Pain, Postoperative / prevention & control
  • Pain, Postoperative / psychology
  • Risk Factors
  • Trauma, Nervous System / complications