Pain, Surgical Management of

  • Ronald R. Tasker
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Surgical treatment of pain should be considered only after all measures aimed at the direct causes of the pain have been exhausted, and the possible psychogenic aspects (hysteria, muscle tension, and magnification) fully evaluated. Surgical measures must be justified by the degree of interference with vocation, avocation, or sleep. Since no treatment is 100% effective and all threaten complications, the simplest measures should be considered first.


Cancer Pain Morphine Sulfate Chronic Stimulation Nociceptive Pain Spinal Cord Transection 
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Further reading

  1. Miles J (1979): Chemical hypophysectomy. In: Advances in Pain Research and Therapy, Vol 2, Bonica JJ, Ventafridda V (eds). New York: Raven Press, pp 373–380Google Scholar
  2. Hosobuchi Y (1980): The current status of analgesic brain stimulation. Acta Neurochir (Suppl) 30:219–227CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Shetter AG, Hadley MN, Wilkinson E (1986): Administration of intraspinal morphine sulfate for the treatment of intractable cancer pain. Neurosurgery 18:740–747CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Tasker RR (1982): Percutaneous cordotomy—the lateral high cervical technique. In: Operative Neurosurgical Techniques: Indications, Methods, and Results. Schmidek HH, Sweet WH (eds.). New York: Grune and Stratton, pp 1137–1153Google Scholar

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