Description of Service
The Department of Pain Medicine at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is made up of professionals from several disciplines working together to deliver multidisciplinary care for individuals with acute pain, cancer-related pain and chronic non-cancer pain. We are committed to accommodating new consultations for cancer patients and work directly on a daily basis with our referring physicians (oncologists, palliative care and primary care providers) to select the most appropriate interventional pain management technique to help manage a cancer patient’s pain.
Coordinated consultant services are available for those who are an in-patient in the hospital and those referred for evaluation in the ambulatory setting. We focus on each individual and make an evidence-based decision on the most appropriate pain intervention in order to minimise the development of persistent disabling pain. Our five-day in-patient admission for multidisciplinary pain management aims to assemble an individualised and comprehensive plan for best possible pain treatment that will permit each person to return to an optimal level of function in his/her personal life. The majority of patients are treated as out-patients where the care plan is communicated to their primary care doctor.
Common painful disorders seen in our chronic pain service include but are not limited to:
- Post Surgical Pain
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Post-herpetic Neuralgia
- Peripheral Nerve Injuries, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Myofascial Pain
- Persistent Post-surgical Pain
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Non-rheumatologic Joint Pain
The Acute Pain Team aims to provide excellence in patient care, advance clinical research in the field of perioperative pain management and expand education for all levels of staff in the delivery of pain relief for all patients. The acute pain service consults on the management of patients with postoperative, post-traumatic or any acute pain condition requiring specialised interventions such as continuous peripheral nerve blockade, fluoroscopy-guided epidural placement, ultrasound regional blocks, patient-controlled analgesia or complex pharmacological pain management.
Key Characteristics of the Department of Pain Medicine Mater Misericordiae University Hospital:
- Comprehensive assessments and multidisciplinary collaboration that emphasise the attainment of positive-long-term outcomes.
- Fluoroscopy-guided spinal injections for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
- Concurrent use of various treatment modalities such as interventional procedures, medication management, physical therapy, and psychological support that may progress the healing process.
- Opportunities for learning skills that reduce or prevent persistent pain.
- Individualised education regarding specific acute and chronic pain syndromes and treatment plans.
- Encouragement of the patient’s active participation in the treatment plan including family members where appropriate.