The neuro-anaesthesia and pain management service is made up of a multidisciplinary team who have expertise in the management of both acute (short term) and chronic (persistent) pain. The specialists who form this team are part of a nationally recognised centre of excellence for people with longstanding pain, and have pioneered new therapies helping to minimise pain where possible, and maximise quality of life.
The pain management service in Queen Square offers ground-breaking pain management programmes, integrating interventions such as drug treatments, peripheral and central nerve blocks and spinal implants with highly advanced physiotherapy and psychology. Our approach aims to help patients get back to the activities they used to enjoy and to live life as full as possible, despite their pain.
The specialist areas treated by the pain management team include:
- Complex spinal pain
- Pelvic and abdominal pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Facial pain
- Pain associated with neurological conditions
- Pain associated with, or following cancer
What to expect from an appointment
You will liaise directly with your consultant’s private secretary who will provide you with all of the information you need to be fully prepared for your appointment. It is quite possible that you may already have had various diagnostic tests prior to seeing your consultant in Queen Square, in which case, the secretary will ask you to bring these results with you to your consultation.
A consultation with will typically begin with a full assessment which enables the specialist to consider the type of pain, and how that pain is affecting the individual. With this information, they will then be able to develop the most appropriate intervention plan for managing that pain.
To assist with this process, it is often recommended that the patient keeps a ‘pain diary’ so that the consultant has as much information as possible about the type, location, severity and frequency of the pain.
Letter to Dr Ashish Shetty, Consultant in Pain Medicine at the Queen Square Private Consulting Rooms
Thank you so much for your care and you turned what was turning out to be a terrible day into one of joy. I know my journey is only just starting but I already feel that I am in a better place as I now have a plan of action. I am looking forward to getting my life back again. Many thanks for your compassion.