European Diploma in pain medicine (European pain federation)
MD, Anesthesiology (Gujarat University)-awarded highest marks secured by a candidate in the examination
Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
Certificate in palliative care (IAPC)
European diploma in pain medicine (EDPM) awarded by the European pain federation: first doctor from India to receive the award
Chronic pain, Neuropathic Pain, Spine Pain, Cancer Pain, Musculoskeletal pain, Chronic post surgical pain, Acute post surgical pain, Interventional pain management, Ultrasound in pain medicine, Palliative care
ACUTE PAIN SERVICES (outpatient and inpatient):
Pain less than 1 month's duration
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 and not responding to illness
Pain due to lumbar disc disease ("spondylitis")
Pain due to nerve injury (Neuropathic pain) like diabetic neuropathy, post herpetic neuralgia, pain following spinal cord injury or trauma
Persistent post surgical pain
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Training in Pain Medicine
Training in Palliative Care
Advocacy for Patients and Caregivers in Palliative Care
ADVOCACY (SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS)
Promotes education and delivers talks on fighting chronic pain and suffering
Advocates quality of life for patients with advanced illnesses
Home care for patients with advanced Illness
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
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.
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.
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1000 per year
300 per year
Awarded the prestigious European diploma in Pain medicine (EDPM) by the European pain federation. The European Pain Federation EFIC is a multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain research and medicine, consisting of the 37 chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP®), which are the IASP approved official National Pain Societies in each country. First doctor from India to receive this award
Faculty at the International conference on recent advances in pain, organized at Pune.
Faculty at the Education in Cancer pain organized at Tata Memorial hospital in Mumbai.
Faculty at the national conference of the Indian society for the study of pain (ISSP) organized at Jaipur.
Trained at the EPEC-INDIA train the trainer program in pediatric palliative care at Coimbatore, an education program on palliative and end of life care.
Started the first Indian pain training fellowship IAPM (under the Indian society for study of pain) in KokilabenDhirubhai Ambani hospital and medical research institute, Mumbai.
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.
Menon M et al. Continuous Cervical Epidural Analgesia in Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression. Indian J Palliat Care. 2016 Oct-Dec; 22(4): 507–510.
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)
Pain Management & Palliative Care
Publication/Talk Title : Use Of Strong Opioids For Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: A Retrospective Analysis At A Pain Centre In Singapore
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