Using Psychology to Help People Have Less Pain After Surgery

At the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, one of our active research studies is focused on how to help prepare people who are heading to surgery. We are equipping them with the information and skills they can use to reduce their own distress and discomfort after surgery. Ideally, this helps people need less pain medication. The program is called "My Surgical Success", and we are testing in women undergoing surgery for breast cancer at Stanford University.

Author Christina Frangou features "My Surgical Success" in her article published in Pain Medicine News this week. Read it here and learn what we and others (including surgeons) are doing to approach pain control from different angles.