The Transitional Pain Clinic (TPC) is an interdisciplinary, short-term outpatient clinic that provides pain management services before and after surgery.
An important purpose for the TPC is to reduce the risk of the transition from acute to chronic post-surgical pain.
The TPC team consists of Pain Specialist Physicians, Registered Nurses, a Psychologist, a Physiotherapist, an Occupational Therapist, and a Pharmacist.
The program aims to help you:
Specialized pain management services offered include:
Targeting community resources to meet individual patient needs.
Care is provided during individual appointments with clinical staff and
physicians as well as with group education sessions. When in-person
appointments are not possible, telephone or video appointments can be offered
if appropriate. We see patients before surgery, after surgery, or both.
The clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Underground parking lot in DHCC, street parking in the area. There is
pay parking available at our two visitor lots located on the VGH campus:
Multi-level parkade at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Laurel Street,
across from the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion.
The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre parking lot is located off of Laurel Street between West 12th and West 13th Avenue. There is a wheelchair-accessible overpass from the VGH parkade at Level 4 and a crosswalk at Level 2.
Postoperative patients must have had surgery within the past 3 months at Vancouver General Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital, or UBC Hospital.
Upon completion of the TPC services, patients
are discharged to their Primary Care Provider or to other community
resources. Discharge plans will include recommendations for pain and
opioid management, and when appropriate, referral to community resources,
including other pain clinics.
After discharge, the TPC team will be available by phone to support primary care teams for a maximum of three months.