Purpose of Japan Society for the Study of Postoperative Pain
Patients who have undergone surgical procedures experience postoperative pain to varying degrees. Acute postoperative pain usually resolves spontaneously in a few days to a few weeks during the wound healing process, but in recent years, attention has been focused on chronic postoperative pain that lasts for months to years after surgery and interferes with daily life. The International Association for the Study of Pain has named 2017 the "Global Year Against Pain After Surgery" and focused on not only acute postoperative pain but also chronic postoperative pain. With the need to improve postoperative QOL (quality of life), the importance of pain treatment from the perioperative period to the long-term postoperative period is attracting attention. There is a need for publicity and education of accurate information on postoperative chronic pain for both medical professionals and surgical patients. In addition, guidelines for postoperative pain management are needed in order to develop analgesic management in the acute and subacute postoperative periods and to prevent postoperative pain from becoming chronic. For these purposes, the Japan Society for the Study of Postoperative Pain has been established in 2021. We would be grateful if you would agree with the purpose of this society and cooperate in its establishment.