Anaesthesiologists play a vital role in helping patients cope with pain before, during and after surgery. Some also specialize in treating chronic pain unrelated to surgery. They have the education, training and experience to diagnose, evaluate and treat patients with chronic pain through medication and pain procedures. According to Dr. Rowan Molnar, Head of Discipline, Anaesthesia, at University of Tasmania Clinical School, treating chronic pain is a complex process. This is because of the delicate structure and anatomy of the spine and nerves and the strength of pain medication required on which chronic pain interventions are performed. For the most part, anaesthesiologists are the forefront in the development of new methods to treat chronic pain and pain in cancer patients. Several anaesthesiologists use a multidisciplinary approach to pain medicine and work in collaboration with other medical specialists to ensure that patients receive the best possible pain management.
Treating acute pain
While anaesthesiologists play a vital role in providing pain relief to patients during a surgical procedure, they play a significant role in providing adequate pain relief postoperatively. They are responsible to ensure that patients are in minimal discomfort after they are discharged from the post anaesthesia care unit. In such a setting, they prescribe specific medications or perform specialised procedures to enhance a patient’s level of comfort and minimise stress, and allow for proper rest and healing. Specialists like Dr. Rowan Molnar are well experienced in providing different types of therapies to ensure that patients are exposed to the best possible pain management.
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