Preventing Chronification of Acute Pain and its Consequences

Monday, September 19th
8:30am4:30pm EDT

About the Session

Acute Pain SIG  Symposium

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The mission of the Acute Pain SIG is to study underlying mechanisms of acute pain, including the transition from acute to chronic pain, and the implications of acute pain therapy for clinical outcome and quality of life. Since transitioning from acute to chronic pain after surgery is of major importance, this event will focus on the prevention of chronic pain (and opioid use) after surgery and the bio-psycho-social process of chronification.  

Treatment options to prevent chronification of pain (like regional anesthesia techniques, antidepressants, and gabapentinoids, among others), long-term opioid requirements after surgery, and prolonged pain after trauma and after ICU stay, rather unexplored aspects concerning chronification of pain, will be addressed as well. Finally, this event will cover aspects related to prolongation of acute pain in neonates/children, mechanisms-based evidence (basic science), and organizational aspects such as the role of the interdisciplinary Transitional Pain Service. At the end, we would like to suggest a research agenda on this issue elaborated by the Acute Pain SIG and the symposium participants. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the risk factors for chronic pain after surgery
  2. Understand how acute pain management can lead to persistent opioid use and appreciate how we can reduce this – sharing experience from two continents and a consensus process on how to prevent it
  3. Understand the impact of how pain experienced as a neonate affects the adolescent and adult
  4. Understand the mechanisms of pain related to ICU and critical illness




8:30 – Symposium Begins

8:30 – Opening Remarks

    • Patricia Lavand’home, Belgien: Chronic pain after surgery and trauma: new epidemiological aspects and risk factors
    • Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, Germany: Preclinical research: why is it so difficult to translate?
    • Winfried Meissner, Jena: Chronic pain after ICU stay

10:45-11:00 – Morning Coffee Break

    • Deb Gordon, US: The opioid epidemics in the US – the role of surgery and actions taken to prevent this
    • Babita Ghai, India: How the opioid epidemic has impacted the other opioid crisis: a view from India
    • Jane Quinlan, UK: Prevention of persistent post-operative opioid use

12:30-13:30 – Lunch break

    • Brona Fullon, Ireland: Moving pain away
    • Joel Katz, Canada: Is there (new) evidence for a multidisciplinary approach, eg. psychological interventions, to prevent chronic pain?
    • Eija Kalso, Finland: Transitional Pain Service – organizational aspects to prevent chronic pain after surgery

15:00-15:15 – Afternoon Coffee Break

    • Pain in neonates leading up to chronic pain in childhood with Rebecca Slater
    • Development of a research Agenda: what do we need? with ALL participants /APSIG

16:15 – Closing Remarks

16:30 – End of Symposium