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Incidence and association factors for the development of chronic post-hysterectomy pain at 4- and 6-month follow-up: a prospective cohort study

Authors Sng BL, Ching YY, Han NLR, Ithnin FB, Sultana R, Assam PN, Sia ATH

Received 14 August 2017

Accepted for publication 12 February 2018

Published 27 March 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 629—636


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Editor who approved publication: Dr E Alfonso Romero-Sandoval

Ban Leong Sng,1,2 Yin Ying Ching,3 Nian-Lin R Han,4 Farida Binte Ithnin,1 Rehena Sultana,5 Pryseley Nkouibert Assam,6 Alex Tiong Heng Sia1,2

1Department of Women’s Anaesthesia, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore, Singapore; 2Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, Singapore; 3Ministry of Health Holdings, Singapore, Singapore; 4Division of Clinical Support Services, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore, Singapore; 5Centre for Quantitative Medicine, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, Singapore; 6Singapore Clinical Research Institute, Singapore, Singapore

Abstract: Chronic pain has major adverse effects on health-related quality of life and contributes to significant socioeconomic burden. Hysterectomy is a very common gynecological surgery, resulting in chronic post-hysterectomy pain (CPHP), an important pain syndrome. We conducted a prospective cohort study in 216 Asian women who underwent abdominal or laparoscopic hysterectomy for benign conditions. Demographic, psychological, and perioperative data were recorded. Postoperative 4- and 6-month phone surveys were conducted to assess the presence of CPHP and functional impairment. The incidence rates of CPHP at 4 and 6 months were 32% (56/175) and 15.7% (25/159), respectively. Women with CPHP at 4 and 6 months had pain that interfered with their activities of daily living. Independent association factors for CPHP at 4 months were higher mechanical temporal summation score, higher intraoperative morphine consumption, higher pain score in the recovery room, higher pain score during coughing and itching at 24 hours postoperatively, and preoperative pain in the lower abdominal region. Independent association factors for CPHP at 6 months were preoperative pain during sexual intercourse, higher mechanical temporal summation score, and higher morphine consumption during postoperative 24 and 48 hours. In a majority of cases, CPHP resolved with time, but may have significant impact on activities of daily living.

Keywords: chronic pain, hysterectomy, mechanical temporal summation score, postsurgical pain, central sensitization, morphine

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