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SIP 2017 - Key Statement

Dr. Andre Ljutow – Centre for Pain Medicine, Swiss Paraplegic Centre, Switzerland

"The lack of an official recognition of chronic pain as a disease of its own right and the lack of an official recognition for pain medicine leads to a fast growing number of self-declared pain specialists/special units with unknown quality in Switzerland. Awareness is slowly growing, that this situation leads to even more costly and inefficient treatments. To intensify the dialogue concerning this matter between medical professionals, politicians, insurance companies and other stakeholders is necessary."

Dr. Andre Ljutow
Head of department
Zentrum für Schmerzmedizin, Centre for Pain Medicine
Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum, Swiss Paraplegic Centre

André Ljutow started a surgical education after completing his medical studies at the University of Bonn in 1983. He received a training as an orthopaedic surgeon at the university of Lübeck and furthermore added a special training in rheumatology in Wiesbaden. He took the chance to enter the Pain Centre in Mainz, the first clinical unit for interdisciplinary pain medicine in Germany, as a senior consultant. Until the retirement of the chef and founder of the centre, Prof. Gerbershagen, he stayed twelve years in the interdisciplinary team. Since 2004 he took a leading role in the interdisciplinary enlargement of the Centre for Pain Medicine at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil/Lucerne, Switzerland. The centre is build following the IASP recommendations as a comprehensive pain centre, including eleven different medical, psychological and therapeutical professions, treating all kind of pain, performing education and research. From 2007 to 2009 he participated in a master study at the university of Vienna in interdisciplinary pain medicine ISMED. In 2013 he became head of the department in Nottwil. Since three years he is president of the Swiss Association for the Study of Pain SASP, the national chapter of IASP.