Dr Sarah Akol Aturia

Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Management Specialist

MBChB, FRCA, FFPMRCA

Personal profile

Dr Sarah Aturia graduated in 1996, before going on to higher specialist training in the Oxford School of Anaesthesia where she obtained her FRCA and FFPMRCA. She undertook a one year Pain Fellowship at The Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland, Australia. 

Dr Aturia’s elective NHS and private practices encompass all aspects of acute, chronic and cancer pain with a special interest in Spine, Musculoskeletal, Neuropathic, Chronic Post-Surgical and Pelvic Pain, and Fibromyalgia. She believes early intervention is vital to minimise progression to chronicity and recognises that persistent pain presents a considerable daily challenge to patients with devastating consequences and a negative effect on their quality of life. 

Dr Aturia adopts a multidisciplinary approach and offers an individually tailored management plan. This includes medication advice and rationalisation and the appropriate Pain Intervention with emphasis on rehabilitation physiotherapy. Procedures are performed in a theatre environment under fluoroscopy and ultrasound guidance and include:

  • Radiofrequency neurotomy for spinal facet and sacroiliac joints pain
  • Spine medial branch blocks, sacro-iliac and facet injections
  • Sympathetic, peripheral and nerve root blocks
  • Pulsed radiofrequency of dorsal root and sympathetic ganglia and nerves
  • Trigger point, scar tissue and sacro-coccygeal injections
  • Epidural and transforaminal injections
  • Capsaicin 8% treatment

She lectures undergraduates at the University of Buckingham Medical School and is a lecturer for the Essential Pain Management (EPM) Programme. EPM an initiative of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists designed to improve pain assessment and management in developing countries.

Professional Memberships

  • Faculty of Pain Medicine, The Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • The British Pain Society
  • The General Medical Council

Clinical Interests

Specialties

  • Spinal and musculoskeletal pain
  • Neuropathic pain 
  • Complex regional pain syndrome 
  • Chronic post-surgical pain 
  • Whiplash injury
  • Abdomino-pelvic pain 
  • Facial pain 
  • Headache 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain assessment

Special clinical interests

  • Radiofrequency techniques
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fibromyalgia

Research interests

  • Pelvic pain
  • Spine pain

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia 
  • Lead Clinician for Acute Pain at Milton Keynes University Hospital Trust
  • Lectures at University of Buckingham Medical School

Useful Links

  • For details of common pain conditions and the treatment options, please visit Dr Aturia's website

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