© 2014

Chronic Postsurgical Pain

  • Gérard Mick
  • Virginie Guastella

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Chronic Postsurgical Pain: General Aspects

  3. Risk Factors for Chronic Postsurgical Pain

  4. Perioperative Strategies for the Prevention of Postsurgical Pain

  5. Clinical Aspects of Chronic Postsurgical Pain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. G. Mick, V. Guastella, C. Dualé, V. Martinez
      Pages 133-141
    3. M.-T. Gatt
      Pages 143-156
    4. F. Lakdja, N. Rascle, L. Labrèze, F. Dixmérias, P.-O. Lakdja, M. Barrault
      Pages 157-168
    5. Anissa Belbachir, Gérard Mick
      Pages 169-178
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 179-179

About this book


Primum non nocere… The fact that a surgical procedure can leave any kind of pain casts a shadow over this tenet, which is seen as the basis of medical practice and anchor of its principle ethic…

It is all the more surprising in that medicine has only paid attention to this paradoxical chronic pain situation for the past few years. Clarifying the knowledge acquired in this field has become all the more urgent for any care-giver today confronted by a legitimate request from patients: Why and how can a surgical procedure, which is supposed to bring relief, leave behind an unacceptable sequela?

This is the approach which the contributors to this new subject of major clinical interest invite you to follow as you work your way through this book.


Chronic pain Neuropatic pain Pain Risk factors Surgery

Editors and affiliations

  • Gérard Mick
    • 1
  • Virginie Guastella
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre hospitalier de VoironVoironFrance
  2. 2.CHU de Clermont-FerrandClermont-FerrandFrance

About the editors

Dr Gérard Mick is a neurologist and a pain expert at Grenoble hospital (France) specialized in neuropatic pain and headaches. He is the founder and the president of a pain evaluation and treatment unit in Grenoble area. He is also deputy director of a national health network and author of many articles and books dedicated to daily management of chronic pain.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Chronic Postsurgical Pain
  • Editors Gérard Mick
    Virginie Guastella
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-04321-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37454-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-04322-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 179
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original French edition published by Springer-Verlag France, Paris, 2013
  • Topics Pain Medicine
    Surgical Oncology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals


From the book reviews:

“Chronic Postsurgical Pain, a first edition edited by G. Mick and V. Guastella, is a thorough … review of the risk factors, evaluation, and preventative strategies for chronic pain resulting from surgical intervention. … the anesthesiologist whose focus is on patient-centred postsurgical pain would appreciate reading this book and possibly gain new insight into some research being performed in this field.” (Ronald B. George, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia/Journal canadien d'anesthésie, Vol. 61, 2014)

“The purpose is to highlight the silent epidemic of chronic postsurgical pain and provide some evidence-based guidelines for its management. These worthy objectives are thoroughly met. … Although the book is intended for chronic pain physicians, anyone who treats such patients, like primary care physicians, would find it very helpful. … a good read for surgeons who often find it hard to believe how prevalent this condition is. … This is the only book wholly dedicated to chronic postsurgical pain.” (Tariq M. Malik, Doody’s Book Reviews, April, 2014)