Editorial Views  |   September 2018
And the Band Played On: The Unrelenting Search for Preventative Analgesia
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland; Pain Treatment Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland; and Department of Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Corresponding article on page 590.
    Corresponding article on page 590.×
  • Accepted for publication May 17, 2018.
    Accepted for publication May 17, 2018.×
  • Address correspondence to Dr. Cohen: scohen40@jhmi.edu
Article Information
Editorial Views / Pain Medicine
Editorial Views   |   September 2018
And the Band Played On: The Unrelenting Search for Preventative Analgesia
Anesthesiology 9 2018, Vol.129, 399-401. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002329
Anesthesiology 9 2018, Vol.129, 399-401. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002329
The prevention of persistent postsurgical pain represents the intersection between anesthesiology, surgical, and pain medicine research. It affects primary care providers who are on the front line in the treatment of chronic pain and make many of the medical decisions regarding pain management. Some may justifiably argue that this topic also contains widespread societal implications, with a recent study demonstrating that a significant proportion of opioid-naïve surgical patients will become chronic users, even after minor operations.1  Therefore, for some researchers, identifying medications or developing an effective treatment strategy to prevent persistent postsurgical pain constitutes the summit of their professional mission.
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