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Returning to Elective Surgery: Managing Perioperative Pain

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, pre-existing challenges such as opioid abuse and proper perioperative pain management continue to remain important. The educational program, Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach, developed by the ACS Division of Education, is a pragmatic, case-based program addressing pain management issues for surgical patients. The concise online program provides education regarding the physiology and pharmacology of pain, its management and different strategies for various patient situations, whether simple or complex. Although the initial intent was to focus on appropriate use of opioids, the concept evolved and expanded to include the complexity of perioperative pain management that often demands a multidisciplinary approach.

Developed under the leadership of John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS, the authors include anesthesiologists, critical care specialists, general surgeons, gynecologists, pain specialists, palliative care physicians and pharmacists. Real-life strategies are highlighted using clinical scenarios across preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative periods and the cases demonstrate the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care. Modules focus on acute and chronic pain and address understanding the mechanisms of pain, risks of perioperative opioids, expectation setting, multimodal pain therapy, outpatient postoperative opioid prescribing, pre-existing opioid use, substance misuse history and pain management in the final hours and days. Up to 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ may be earned through participation in this program.

Perioperative pain management remains the domain of surgeons and the nuances of patient characteristics demands a sophisticated approach. To learn more and maintain your capacity to guide your patients' pain management, visit the program web page.

For additional information, contact Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, at; Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH, at; or Anne Arnold, EdD, at or 312-202-5229.

Participate in New ACS Patient Education Webinar on Safely Minimizing Opioid Use after Abdominal Cancer Surgery

The ACS Patient Education Program invites you to participate in a free webinar, Safely Minimizing Opioid Use after Abdominal Cancer Surgery: Advice and Guidelines for Practicing Surgeons, 6:00 pm CT, July 20. Presented in collaboration with the Commission on Cancer, this Continuing Medical Education-eligible webinar is part of the Safe Pain Control Surgical Specialty Series and will be hosted by Cornelius A. Thiels, DO, MBA; Naruhiko Ikoma, MD; and Lesly Dossett, MD, MPH, FACS.

This webinar will focus on the following:

  • Opioid Overprescribing and Persistent Use in Patients with Early-Stage Cancer (Dr. Dossett)
  • Strategies to Minimize Opioid Usage after Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery (Dr. Ikoma)
  • Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing Guidelines after Major Abdominal Cancer Surgery (Dr. Thiels)

This webinar will include a question-and-answer session with all faculty; participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage in sharing best practices for pain management.

This webinar is also designated for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

There is no charge to attend or to receive CME for the live session. Feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues.

Register for the webinar

The program is partially funded by an educational grant from Pacira Biosciences, Inc. Contact Tarra Barot at for more information.