Colombia Congress Focuses on Pain After Surgery, Use and Abuse of Opioids

Nov 13, 2017

The Colombian Association for Study of Pain (ACED) held the XXVI International Pain Congress in Bogotá in September. More than 60 pain specialists conducted workshops on such topics as epiduroscopy, neuromodulation, and ultrasound for some 460 participants.

Former IASP President Fernando Cerveró gave two lectures and participated in three roundtables. IASP Councilor João Batista García, the current president of the Latin-American Federation of Pain (FEDELAT) and the association’s liaison to the Latin American pain community, gave two workshops and organized an administrative meeting with FEDELAT members.

A symposium focusing on pain after surgery, the topic of the current Global Year, featured national and international speakers who discussed psychosocial and psychological approaches and the pharmacological and multimodal techniques. 

A key focus of the congress was the use and abuse of opioids. It included roundtable with national experts, an anaesthesiologist, a psychiatrist, and the director of the National Narcotics Fund of Colombia, who also discussed the legalization, regulation, and commercialization of cannabinoids in Colombia. Other topics included central pain, fibromyalgia, lumbar pain, the prevalence of pain in kids and non-pharmacologic treatments.

-- María Patricia Gómez López, ACED Past-president and XXVI Congress President

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 Left to right: Juan F. Jimenez, ACED vice president; Germán W. Rangel, ACED president; Fernando Cerveró, IASP former president; and M. Patricia Gómez, ACED former president and Congress president.