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Dr. Mahesh Menon

Consultant - Pain and Palliative Medicine
MBBS, MD (Anaesthesiology)


  • Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
  • Certificate in palliative care ( IAPC)


Neuropathic Pain, Spine Pain and Cancer Pain, Musculoskeletal pain, Palliative care

Services Offered

Acute pain services (outpatient and inpatient): For patients with pain after surgery, accidents, injury For sports injuries, Chronic pain services (outpatient and inpatient): For patients with pain lasting more than 3 months duration, like backache, knee pain,shoulder pain, Pain education and training

Languages spoken

Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Gujarati, English

Dr. Mahesh Menon is an Anaesthesiologist specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and management of any pain that lasts longer than 3 to 6 months without relief (Chronic Pain). He holds a prestigious Clinical Fellowship from the Pain Management Centre at Singapore General Hospital - accredited by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Faculty of Pain Medicine. He has visited reputed Pain Centres in the United States as an observer and is actively pursuing excellence in Palliative Medicine. He has background work experience in Neurosurgery and was involved in Family Practice which has added broader dimensions to his clinical approach in treating patients with chronic pain. He has presented several talks on this subject, and demonstrated advanced pain interventions at various conferences and scientific meetings. He is a strong advocate of pain relief as a basic human right, and is involved with several scientific bodies and organizations to this end. He aims to promote awareness regarding the burden of suffering patients with pain, and the use of rational, evidence based techniques to address these problems in patients with a spectrum of illnesses that cause pain. In addition, he strongly promotes pain relief and quality of life in patients suffering from Cancer in all stages of the illness. He has been a Faculty in several National and International conferences in Pain medicine. He has delivered talks in Orthopedic Conferences and Meetings, and is a Training Faculty at the Traveling Pain School, an educational initiative to educate undergraduates about pain medicine.He is a certified trainer in the Education in palliative and end of life care (EPEC- India) program. He has won a travel scholarship to participate in the Multinational association for supportive care in cancer meeting held in Copenhagen in 2015. He has represented KokilabenDhirubhaiAmbani hospital at the national training program endorsed by the Ministry of health and family welfare held in Delhi in 2016 to promote palliative care for patients suffering from cancer in India.

KDAH Experience

The Pain Management Clinic at Kokilaben Hospital is led by Dr Mahesh Menon who is an Anaesthesiologist by training but exclusively practices Pain Medicine. He has an Advanced Fellowship in Pain Medicine from Singapore.

Since he set up the Pain Management Clinic at Kokilaben Hospital in 2011 more than 8000 patients have been treated here. Currently every month more than 300 patients are seen and 50 Complex Pain Management Procedures done. Around 70% of these procedures are for spine related problems (*Backaches).

Advanced procedures done at the Clinic include

  • Intrathecal Morphine Delivery Device Implantation (Intrathecal Pump- IDDS) for advanced cancer pain and Baclofen Pumps for Spasticity
  • Ultrasound Assisted Caudal Epidurals
  • Ultrasound Assisted Stellate Ganglion Blocks
  • Ultrasound Guided Subacromial Bursa, Knee and Soft Tissue Injectionsfor wrist, elbow, shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain and ankle pain
  • Ultrasound guided injections for muscular pains
  • Third Occipital Nerve Radio Frequency Ablation (RF Ablation) for Cervicogenic Headaches
  • RF Ablation for Facetogenic Low Back Pain
  • RF Ablation of the Trigeminal Ganglion for Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Neurolytic Blocks for cancer pain
  • Pulsed Radiofrequency (pRf-DRG) for Neuropathic Pain

Long Term Success Rates (internationally defined as a 70-80% reduction of pain, decrease in requirement of painkillers and return to normal life) are around 75% for patients. Some procedures like epidural steroid injections depend on underlying patient factors. We see a lot of patients here who clearly require surgery, but wish to go for Injections to avoid it and as a step down option. The success rate in these patients is close to 70%.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RF Ablation), and Knee Joint Injections are more definitive and carry a close to 90% success rate in the long term.

The department is now in the process of integrating pain medicine and palliative care services in the care of every patient to ensure a pain free hospital stay. This is part of a national training program and in keeping with standards for palliative care recognised by international oncology associations.


  • Outpatients seen 2000 per year
    Inpatients seen 1000 per year
    Procedures performed 300 per year



  • Participated in the national palliative care training program held in Delhi. Organised by AIIMS and the Asia –pacific hospice network as a part of the ministry of health and family welfare's National palliative care program.
  • Faculty for the national conference of the Indian society for study of pain, Indore
  • Trained at the EPEC-INDIA train the trainer program at Pune, an education program on palliative and end of life care.


  • Winner of travel scholarship to Copenhagen, Denmark at the annual meeting of the Multinational association for supportive care in cancer.
  • Faculty for the International conference on recent advances in pain management, Kolkata, India
  • Faculty for the National conference of the Indian society for study of pain at Chennai
  • Faculty for the Golden jubilee conference of the Western India regional orthopedic conference organized by the Bombay orthopedic society, Mumbai


  • Faculty in the CME "Clinical Update on Burns", held at the National Burns Centre at Airoli.
  • Training Faculty at the Traveling Pain School, an educational initiative to educate undergraduates about Pain Medicine.Certified for training by the ANZCA- Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthesiologists.
  • Organising faculty, National Conference of Indian Society for Study of Pain at Mumbai.


  • Faculty at ISSPCON organized by the Indian Society for Study of Pain at Nagpur.


  • Faculty at Association of Regional Anesthesia (AORA) National Conference at Coimbatore
  • Faculty at 5th CIPM (Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management) Workshop held in Mumbai
  • Faculty at AIPMR (Ashirvad Institute of Pain Medicine and Research), Mumbai, in a course on Introduction to Pain Management.


  • Faculty at Bengaluru for the SAARC Association of Anesthesiologists for Chronic Pain Workshop.


  • Radhakrishnan M. Chronic Pancreatitis.Chapter 34.p 286-292. in Textbook of Pain Management. Ed Joshi M. Paras Medical publishers
  • Radhakrishnan M. Ganglion impar block.Chapter 83.p 664-667. in Textbook of Pain Management. Ed Joshi M. Paras Medical publishers.
  • George JM, Menon M, Gupta P, Tan MG. Use of strong opioids for chronic non-cancer pain: a retrospective analysis at a pain centre in Singapore. Singapore Med J. 2013 Sep;54(9):506-10.
  • Menon M. Gabapentin in the treatment of persistent hiccups in advanced malignancy.Indian J Palliat Care. 2012 May;18(2):138-40.
  • Vas LC, Pai R, RadhakrishnanM.Ultrasound Appearance of Forearm Muscles in 18 Patients With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 1 of the Upper Extremity. Pain Pract.2012 Apr 11. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2012.00539.x.
  • Sharma A, Pandey AK, Radhakrishnan M, Kumbhani D, Das HS, Desai N. Endoscopic management of anal protrusion of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2003 Jan-Feb;22(1):29-30.
  • Pandey AK, Sharma AK, Diyora BD, Sayal PP, Ingale HA, Radhakrishnan M. Inadvertent insertion of nasogastric tube into the brain.J Assoc Physicians India. 2004 Apr;52:322-3.


  • International association for the study of pain (IASP)
  • Multinational association for supportive care in cancer (MASCC)
  • Indian society for the study of pain (ISSP)
  • Mumbai pain group
  • Indian association for Palliative care (IAPC)
  • American association of hospice and palliative medicine (AAHPM)
  • Asia pacific hospice network (AHPN)
  • Association of medical consultants, Mumbai( AMC)

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