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We want to keep patients pain-free without using morphine

Consultant Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital conducts research into pain relief after hip, knees and ankle surgery – without the use of morphine. He has now received funding to expand his field of research in a five-year clinical professorship.

Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen and his research group are among the world leaders when it comes to developing new techniques for alleviating acute pain after surgery with local anaesthesia. A particular focal point for the research group is developing new techniques which utilise ultrasound to provide nerve blockades in the large weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees. Their goal is to ensure that patients are pain-free without the use of morphine.

With the new professorship, Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen is able to expand his research field to include the development of new techniques for treatment of long-term and chronic pain following surgery – among other things by employing extreme cold or electrical current as nerve blockades. In this way, the pain being experienced by the patients can be relieved for months and even years.

Thus far, the research has primarily been financed by a grant from the Moller Foundation, while the Salling Foundations have financed the five-year professorship. 


Consultant, Professor, PhD Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine and 
Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
Email: tfbe@clin.au.dk