Patients overestimate postoperative pain

Better counselling on realistic expectations will help

Most people tend to grossly overestimate the pain they'll experience following surgery.

elderly woman in hospital

This is especially true for those receiving regional anaesthesia, such as epidural blocks, say researchers.

The results suggest doctors could do a better job of counselling patients on realistic pain expectations, according to the Philadelphia authors who presented their work in Boston.

“Patients receiving regional anaesthesia before surgery may experience unnecessary anxiety and have exaggerated pain expectations simply because they do not understand