Chronic Neuropathic pain, Spine Pain, Cancer 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, Chronic backache Pain due to lumbar disc disease ("spondylitis") Knee pain Shoulder pain Pain due to nerve injury (Neuropathic pain) like diabetic neuropathy, post herpetic neuralgia, pain following spinal cord injury or trauma Persistent post-surgical pain Fibromyalgia
Dr. Mahesh Menon is one of the pioneers in pain medicine who has contributed to the development of pain medicine and palliative care as a specialty in Modern medicine in India. He specialized in this branch after his post-graduation in Anaesthesiology. Chronic pain is any pain that lasts longer than 3 to 6 months.
Dr Menon moved to this branch when he realized the severity of the problem faced by patients in India requiring pain relief and palliative care. 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 Cancer conferences and other specialty 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 Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani 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.
He has continuously expanded his scope of services and initiated training programs and lectures for doctors from all disciplines in this subject.In addition to his interest in pain medicine and palliative care, he is socially active in promoting care for the elderly. Other areas of interest include playing the Tabla (an Indian classical music percussion instrument), writing blogs and poetry and performing in stand-up comedy.
The Pain Management Clinic and palliative care services at Kokilaben Hospital are led by Dr Mahesh Menon who is an Anaesthesiologist by training but exclusively practices Pain Medicine and palliative care. 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 10000 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).
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.
Dr Menon has been instrumental in coordinating and integrating the palliative care services with oncology and the hospital is the first private hospital in Western India to be accredited in 2018 with the ESMO designated centre of integrated oncology and palliative care.
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Publication/Talk Title : Use Of Strong Opioids For Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: A Retrospective Analysis At A Pain Centre In Singapore
Journal Published : Singapore Medical Journal
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Publication/Talk Title : Gabapentin in the Treatment Of Persistent Hiccups in Advanced Malignancy
Journal Published : Indian Journal of Palliative Care
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Publication/Talk Title : Continuous Cervical Epidural Analgesia in Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression
Journal Published : Indian Journal of Palliative Care
|Outpatients seen||2000 per year|
|Inpatients seen||1000 per year|
|Procedures performed||300 per year|