Toronto Hospital Teams Up to Ease Chronic Postsurgical Pain

Toronto Hospital Teams Up to Ease Chronic Postsurgical Pain
The Toronto General Hospital's Transitional Pain Service has chosen ManagingLife's 'Manage My Pain' mobile app to help prevent chronic post-surgical pain in at-risk patients. The cloud-based smartphone app, claiming to have more than 20,000 users in over 130 countries, enables chronic pain sufferers with conditions like fibromyalgia, back pain, and migraines to digitally and regularly record a journal in which they describe and track the pain they're experiencing and share those descriptions with their physicians. ManagingLife — a private corporation based in Toronto, Canada, that develops mobile tools to connect patients and clinicians for more efficient and effective pain management — says chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP) develops in 5 percent to 10 percent of patients within one year after major surgery, and is estimated to have direct and indirect costs of U.S. $41,000 per patient. Additionally, CPSP takes a devastating toll, with consequences that may include depression, disability, and opioid dependency or abuse. Toronto General Hospital, part of the University of Toronto Health Network in Toronto, Ontario, is Canada's leading surgical center with more than 6,000 surgeries performed annually. The Transitional Pain Service (TPS) is one of the world's first programs to proactively and comprehensively address the problem of Chronic Postsurgical Pain (CPSP) for at-risk patients. Through coordinated care by a multidisciplinary team of therapists consisting of pain physicians, advanced practice nurses, psychologists, and physiotherapists, TPS begins before a patient undergoes surgery and continues for up to six months after the patient is discharged.
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