Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care

Pain Management Centre

Pain Management Centre

The Pain Management Centre, which is part of the Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation Department, takes care of patients who are suffering from various forms of this symptom.
Pain is the main cause of consultations with general practitioners (60% of cases).

There are several origins and types of pain:

  • Psychological and/or psychosomatic pain, which can be translated into various bodily symptoms.
  • Acute pain, which can occur following a trauma or a surgical intervention, and which is mainly treated using drugs. Injections and drips, using a specific catheter, allow us to treat acute pain in a fast and effective manner.
  • Chronic pain, which is more complex to treat, because it can be accompanied by numerous side effects such as sleep disturbance, depression, social isolation, etc. Pain is chronic when it persists for a period lasting longer than three months.
  • Neuropathic pain, which is caused by damage to nerve fibres, for example due to viral infections or to the consequences of diabetes. This type of pain has a tendency to lead to changes in the nervous tissue and to become chronic.

The perception of pain is very individual and is influenced by a variety of factors, such as gender, age, ethnic origin, and education.

Pain thus affects a large number of people, and modern care strategies for them require a multidisciplinary approach involving, among others, analgesia specialists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists...

All of these complementary skills are represented in Valais Hospital.



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