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      Assessment and pathophysiology of pain in cardiac surgery

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          Analysis of the problem of surgical pain is important in view of the fact that the success of surgical treatment depends largely on proper pain management during the first few days after a cardiosurgical procedure. Postoperative pain is due to intraoperative damage to tissue. It is acute pain of high intensity proportional to the type of procedure. The pain is most intense during the first 24 hours following the surgery and decreases on subsequent days. Its intensity is higher in younger subjects than elderly and obese patients, and preoperative anxiety is also a factor that increases postoperative pain. Ineffective postoperative analgesic therapy may cause several complications that are dangerous to a patient. Inappropriate postoperative pain management may result in chronic pain, immunosuppression, infections, and less effective wound healing. Understanding and better knowledge of physiological disorders and adverse effects resulting from surgical trauma, anesthesia, and extracorporeal circulation, as well as the development of standards for intensive postoperative care units are critical to the improvement of early treatment outcomes and patient comfort.

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              This paper advances a psychophysiological systems view of pain in which physical injury, or wounding, generates a complex stress response that extends beyond the nervous system and contributes to the experience of pain. Through a common chemical language comprising neurotransmitters, peptides, endocannabinoids, cytokines, and hormones, an ensemble of interdependent nervous, endocrine, and immune processes operates in concert to cope with the injury. These processes act as a single agent and comprise a supersystem. Acute pain in its multiple dimensions, and the related symptoms that commonly occur with it, are products of the supersystem. Chronic pain can develop as a result of unusual stress. Social stressors can compound the stress resulting from a wound or act alone to dysregulate the supersystem. When the supersystem suffers dysregulation, health, function, and sense of well-being suffer. Some chronic pain conditions are the product of supersystem dysregulation. Individuals vary and are vulnerable to dysregulation and dysfunction in particular organ systems due to the unique interactions of genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors, as well as the past experiences that characterize each person. Acute tissue injury activates an ensemble of interdependent nervous, endocrine, and immune processes that operate in concert and comprise a supersystem. Some chronic pain conditions result from supersystem dysregulation. Individuals vary and are vulnerable to dysregulation due to the unique interactions of genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors and past experiences that characterize each person. This perspective can potentially assist clinicians in assessing and managing chronic pain patients.

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                J Pain Res
                J Pain Res
                Journal of Pain Research
                Journal of Pain Research
                Dove Medical Press
                24 August 2018
                : 11
                : 1599-1611
                [1 ]Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Ulm Medical Center, Ulm, Germany, marek.zubrzycki@ 123456uniklinik-ulm.de
                [2 ]Department of Cardiac Anesthesiology, University of Ulm Medical Center, Ulm, Germany
                [3 ]Department of Cardiovascular Physiology, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
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                Correspondence: Marek Zubrzycki, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Ulm, 23 Albert Einstein Allee, Ulm 89081, Germany, Tel +49 7315 005 4411, Email marek.zubrzycki@ 123456uniklinik-ulm.de
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                Anesthesiology & Pain management

                analgesics, cardiac surgery, pain intensity, postoperative pain


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