Anxiety could come from anticipating Postoperative Pain


Researchers have warned that exaggerating the volume of pain patients go through after surgery can result in unnecessary anxiety in them.

Often patients may experience unneeded anxiety after receiving regional anaesthesia.

Jaime L. Baratta opined that it often occurs in patients who may not comprehend the gains of the nerve blocks and other measures put in place to counter pain felt after an operation. Baratta is the manager of regional anaesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital located in Philadelphia.

It is believed that providers ought to do a better job at counseling patients on expecting realistic amounts of pains. Researchers at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 meeting that holds every year included over 200 patients who were about 61 years old in average undergoing neurosurgical or orthopedic surgeries.

Postoperative Pain gauged for 200 patients

96 of the patients were given some regional anaesthesia. 80 of the patients out of the 96 didn’t have any general anaesthesia while 16 had anaesthesia. General anaesthesia was given to 127 patients that remained, and a questionnaire was completed by the to estimate the level of pain they anticipated.

The patients who suffered from regional anaesthesia had a pain rating of 4.63 compared to the reality which was less than 1.0. Patients who are to receive anaesthesia before undergoing surgery may go through anxiety and experience exaggerated pain expectations for the simple reason that they are yet to understand regional anaesthesia’s pain relieving benefits.