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Being the Director-at-large for the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ) New South Wales, Dr Marc Russo has seen first-hand what the Federal Government is proposing in relation to Private Health Insurance funding changes. Chronic Pain woes under Federal Government’s New Proposal - 20th September 2018
Being the Director-at-large for the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ) New South Wales, Dr Marc Russo has seen first-hand what the Federal Government is proposing in relation to Private Health Insurance funding changes.
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By Marc Russo, Peter Georgius & Danielle Santarelli

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is an enigmatic disease and has defied a clear unified pathological explanation to date. It is a devastating, painful condition that may develop in a limb after an injury, surgery or other trauma. What we do know about the disease is that is involves disturbances to multiple body systems and biological processes, causing them to behave abnormally. A new hypothesis for the pathophysiology of complex regional pain syndrome - 10th September 2018
By Marc Russo, Peter Georgius & Danielle Santarelli Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is an enigmatic disease and has defied a clear unified pathological explanation to date. It is a devastating, painful condition that may develop in a limb after an injury, surgery or other trauma. What we do know about the disease is that is involves disturbances to multiple body systems and biological processes, causing them to behave abnormally.
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There is increasing evidence for a lack of long term benefit from conventional “pure mu” opioids when used for chronic non-cancer pain, along with increasing concern of misuse, abuse and diversion, and opioid-related deaths. What is the appropriate response to reviewing a patient who has been prescribed a moderate to high dose of conventional pure mu opioids for a number of years and is still reporting significant pain? It is appropriate to consider a trial of deprescribing.
Deprescribing Opioids - 19th July 2018
There is increasing evidence for a lack of long term benefit from conventional “pure mu” opioids when used for chronic non-cancer pain, along with increasing concern of misuse, abuse and diversion, and opioid-related deaths. What is the appropriate response to reviewing a patient who has been prescribed a moderate to high dose of conventional pure mu opioids for a number of years and is still reporting significant pain? It is appropriate to consider a trial of deprescribing.
Currently, Hunter Pain Clinic is assessing where the role of medicinal cannabis might lie in terms of treatment of persistent non-cancer pain. Medicinal Cannabis - 19th July 2018
Currently, Hunter Pain Clinic is assessing where the role of medicinal cannabis might lie in terms of treatment of persistent non-cancer pain.
Neuromodulation (or neurostimulation) represents an advanced pain management therapy for patients with chronic, refractory pain. This article provides an overview of the history of neuromodulation, spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and other forms of neurostimulation, as well as updates in neuromodulation therapy. Neuromodulation: History and Updates - 22nd May 2018
Neuromodulation (or neurostimulation) represents an advanced pain management therapy for patients with chronic, refractory pain. This article provides an overview of the history of neuromodulation, spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and other forms of neurostimulation, as well as updates in neuromodulation therapy.
Dr Russo and the Executive Board of NSANZ meeting with Mr Omar Ishrak, CEO of the Medtronic company.
Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand meeting - 17th April 2018
Dr Russo and the Executive Board of NSANZ meeting with Mr Omar Ishrak, CEO of the Medtronic company.
Dr Russo recently implanted Australia's first Intellis device - the world's smallest spinal cord stimulator system. 9 News interviewed Dr Russo and his patient. The article can be viewed on the 9 News website. Dr Russo Implants Australia's First Intellis Device - 10th April 2018
Dr Russo recently implanted Australia's first Intellis device - the world's smallest spinal cord stimulator system. 9 News interviewed Dr Russo and his patient. The article can be viewed on the 9 News website.
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As both the public and medical practitioners would know there has been an up-scheduling of codeine in pharmacies. It is no longer available over-the-counter and must be obtained by a script from a doctor. So, what is left and how effective is it? Alternative Analgesics to Codeine for Acute Pain - 2nd March 2018
As both the public and medical practitioners would know there has been an up-scheduling of codeine in pharmacies. It is no longer available over-the-counter and must be obtained by a script from a doctor. So, what is left and how effective is it?
Hunter Pain Clinic were proud to support the 2017 Special Children's Christmas Party. Read about it here. Hunter Pain Clinic Supports the Special Children's Christmas Party - 14th December 2017
Hunter Pain Clinic were proud to support the 2017 Special Children's Christmas Party. Read about it here.
Controlled breathing techniques have been practised for millennia in the East and have since gained popularity in the Western world due to their claimed health benefits. Despite this, they remain relatively untouched by the medical community. We recently published an article on slow breathing – how it affects the body, what might be the optimal technique for human health and the potential clinical applications. Slow Breathing - 14th December 2017
Controlled breathing techniques have been practised for millennia in the East and have since gained popularity in the Western world due to their claimed health benefits. Despite this, they remain relatively untouched by the medical community. We recently published an article on slow breathing – how it affects the body, what might be the optimal technique for human health and the potential clinical applications.


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