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Asokumar Buvanendran, MD

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  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
Board Certification:
  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: Ahmadu Bello University Faculty of Medicine, Nigeria
Residency: Rush University Medical Center - Anesthesiology
Fellowship: Rush University Medical Center - Pain Medicine
Clinical Expertise:
  • Back pain
  • Baclofen pump management
  • Behavioral pain management
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Cancer pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Discography
  • Epidural anesthesia
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Headache
  • Intrathecal pumps
  • Migraine
  • Nerve blocks
  • Pain management
  • Pre-emptive analgesia
  • Spinal cord stimulation
Research Interests:
  • New treatment modalities for chronic pain
  • Treatment of complex regional pain syndrome
  • Acute postoperative pain
Languages Spoken:
  • Tamil
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Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to Listings go back five years.

  1. Endogenous opioid function mediates the association between laboratory-evoked pain sensitivity and morphine analgesic responses.
    Bruehl S, Burns JW, Gupta R, Buvanendran A, Chont M, Kinner E, Schuster E, Passik S, France CR.
    Pain. 2013
    2013 Jun 6. doi:pii: S0304-3959(13)00295-9. 10.1016/j.pain.2013.06.002. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Effect of Acute Versus Continuous Glycemic Control on Duration of Local Anesthetic Sciatic Nerve Block in Diabetic Rats.
    Kroin JS, Buvanendran A, Tuman KJ, Kerns JM.
    Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2012
    2012 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Predictors for moderate to severe acute postoperative pain after total hip and knee replacement.
    Liu SS, Buvanendran A, Rathmell JP, Sawhney M, Bae JJ, Moric M, Perros S, Pope AJ, Poultsides L, Valle CJ, Shin NS, McCartney CJ, Ma Y, Shah M, Wood MJ, Manion SC, Sculco TP.
    Int Orthop. 2012
    2012 Nov
    36(11):2261-7. doi: 10.1007/s00264-012-1623-5. Epub 2012 Jul 29.
  4. Recent advances in multimodal analgesia.
    Young A, Buvanendran A.
    Anesthesiol Clin. 2012
    2012 Mar;30(1):91-100. Epub 2012 Jan 12. Review.
    30(1):91-100. Ep
  5. Safety of local anesthetics administered intrathecally in diabetic rats.
    Kroin JS, Buvanendran A, Tuman KJ, Kerns JM.
    Pain Med. 2012
    2012 Jun;13(6):802-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2012.01396.x. Epub 2012 May 23.
  6. A cross-sectional survey on prevalence and risk factors for persistent postsurgical pain 1 year after total hip and knee replacement.
    Liu SS, Buvanendran A, Rathmell JP, Sawhney M, Bae JJ, Moric M, Perros S, Pope AJ, Poultsides L, Della Valle CJ, Shin NS, McCartney CJ, Ma Y, Shah M, Wood MJ, Manion SC, Sculco TP.
    Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2012
    2012 Jul-Aug
    37(4):415-22. doi: 10.1097/AAP.0b013e318251b688.
  7. Ultrasound versus fluoroscopy in image-guided pain treatment: use caution.
    Buvanendran A, Rathmell JP.
    Anesthesiology. 2012
    2012 Aug
    117(2):236-7. No abstract available.
  8. Chronic postsurgical pain: are we closer to understanding the puzzle?
    Buvanendran A.
    Anesth Analg. 2012
    2012 Aug
    115(2):231-2. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e318258b9f7. No abstract available.
  9. The rat intervertebral disk degeneration pain model: relationships between biological and structural alterations and pain.
    Kim JS, Kroin JS, Li X, An HS, Buvanendran A, Yan D, Tuman KJ, van Wijnen AJ, Chen D, Im HJ.
    Arthritis Res Ther.
    2011 Oct 13
  10. Characterization of a new animal model for evaluation and treatment of back pain due to lumbar facet joint osteoarthritis.
    Kim JS, Kroin JS, Buvanendran A, Li X, van Wijnen AJ, Tuman KJ, Im HJ.
    Arthritis Rheum.
    2011 Oct
    63(10):2966-73. doi: 10.1002/art.30487.
  11. Uncomplicated removal of epidural catheters in 4365 patients with international normalized ratio greater than 1.4 during initiation of warfarin therapy.
    Liu SS, Buvanendran A, Viscusi ER, Hutton E, Lubenow T, Zhou J, Shaw PM, Moric M, Lenart S.
    Reg Anesth Pain Med.
    2011 May-Jun
  12. Multimodal Systemic and Intra-articular Analgesics.
    Young A, Buvanendran A.
    Int Anesthesiol Clin.
    2011 Fall
  13. Cerebrospinal Fluid Neurotransmitter Changes During the Perioperative Period in Patients Undergoing Total Knee Replacement: A Randomized Trial.
    Buvanendran A, Kroin JS, Della Valle CJ, Moric M, Tuman KJ.
    Anesth Analg.
    2011 Dec 9
  14. Brain activity associated with chronic cancer pain
    Buvanendran A, Ali A, Stoub TR, Kroin JS, Tuman KJ
    Pain Physician
    2010 Sep-Oct
  15. Can a single dose of 300 mg of pregabalin reach acute antihyperalgesic levels in the central nervous system?
    Buvanendran A, Kroin JS, Kari M, Tuman KJ
    Reg Anesth Pain Med
    2010 Nov
  16. Local anesthetic sciatic nerve block and nerve fiber damage in diabetic rats
    Kroin JS, Buvanendran A, Williams DK, Wagenaar B, Moric M, Tuman KJ, Kerns JM
    Reg Anesth Pain Med
    2010 Jul-Aug
  17. Perioperative oral pregabalin reduces chronic pain after total knee arthroplasty: a prospective, randomized, controlled trial
    Buvanendran A, Kroin JS, Della Valle CJ, Kari M, Moric M, Tuman KJ
    Anesth Analg
    2010 Jan 1
  18. Absorption and distribution of etoricoxib in plasma, CSF, and wound tissue in patients following hip surgery--a pilot study
    Renner B, Zacher J, Buvanendran A, Walter G, Strauss J, Brune K
    Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol
    2010 Feb
  19. Preoperative and postoperative anesthetic and analgesic techniques for minimally invasive surgery of the spine
    Buvanendran A, Thillainathan V
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976)
    2010 Dec 15
    35(26 Suppl):S274-80
  20. A prospective randomized trial of mini-incision posterior and two-incision total hip arthroplasty
    Della Valle CJ, Dittle E, Moric M, Sporer SM, Buvanendran A
    Clin Orthop Relat Res
    2010 Dec
  21. Development of a severity score for CRPS
    Harden RN, Bruehl S, Perez RS, Birklein F, Marinus J, Maihofner C, Lubenow T, Buvanendran A, Mackey S, Graciosa J, Mogilevski M, Ramsden C, Schlereth T, Chont M, Vatine JJ
    2010 Dec
  22. Does manipulating local surgical wound cytokines improve surgical outcomes?
    Buvanendran A, Kroin JS
    Anesth Analg
    2010 Dec
  23. Validation of proposed diagnostic criteria (the "Budapest Criteria") for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
    Harden RN, Bruehl S, Perez RS, Birklein F, Marinus J, Maihofner C, Lubenow T, Buvanendran A, Mackey S, Graciosa J, Mogilevski M, Ramsden C, Chont M, Vatine JJ
    2010 Aug
  24. Cytokine gene expression after total hip arthroplasty: surgical site versus circulating neutrophil response
    Buvanendran A, Mitchell K, Kroin JS, Iadarola MJ
    Anesth Analg
    2009 Sep
  25. Multimodal analgesia for controlling acute postoperative pain
    Buvanendran A, Kroin JS
    Curr Opin Anaesthesiol
    2009 Oct
  26. Where in the world is ASRA AcutePOP?
    Liu SS, Wu CL, Ballantyne JC, Buvanendran A, Rathmell JP, Warren DT, Viscusi ER, Ginsberg B, Rosenquist RW, Yadeau JT, Liguori GA
    Reg Anesth Pain Med
    2009 May-Jun
  27. Early use of memantine for neuropathic pain
    Buvanendran A, Kroin JS
    Anesth Analg
    2008 Oct
  28. Occult cervical (C1-2) dural tear causing bilateral recurrent subdural hematomas and repaired with cervical epidural blood patch
    Buvanendran A, Byrne RW, Kari M, Kroin JS
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2008 Nov
  29. Efficacy of transverse tripolar spinal cord stimulator for the relief of chronic low back pain from failed back surgery
    Buvanendran A, Lubenow TJ
    Pain Physician
    2008 May-Jun
  30. A new knee surgery model in rats to evaluate functional measures of postoperative pain
    Buvanendran A, Kroin JS, Kari MR, Tuman KJ
    Anesth Analg
    2008 Jul
  31. Why does the pain specialist not meet the needs of the referring physicians?
    Buvanendran A
    J Opioid Manag
    2008 Jan-Feb
  32. Peripheral nerve stimulator for the treatment of supraorbital neuralgia: a retrospective case series
    Amin S, Buvanendran A, Park KS, Kroin JS, Moric M
    2008 Apr
  33. Upregulation of dorsal horn microglial cyclooxygenase-1 and neuronal cyclooxygenase-2 after thoracic deep muscle incisions in the rat
    Kroin JS, Takatori M, Li J, Chen EY, Buvanendran A, Tuman KJ
    Anesth Analg
    2008 Apr
    106(4):1288-95, table of contents
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