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Dr Joseph Azzopardi
MD FRCA FFPMANZCA FFPMRCA
Pain Management
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About

Dr Joseph Azzopardi is a Consultant in Pain Medicine & Anaesthesia at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital. Graduating from the University of Malta in 1993, he received anaesthetic and pain training in Dublin and London. In 2000, he was a visiting fellow in Regional Anaesthesia in Uppsala, Sweden. Subsequently in 2002 to 2004, he acquired advanced specialist training in Pain Medicine in Sydney and Adelaide where he developed his interests in interventional pain management, neuromodulation and cancer pain.

Dr Azzopardi is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists UK. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2004 and is furthermore a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

He dedicates a significant part of his clinical time to managing Cancer Pain and has been actively involved with the development of Multidisciplinary Integrated Cancer Pain Services at Guys and St.Thomas' Foundation Trust. He also contributes to the Acute Pain Service in Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital.

Beyond his clinical interests, Dr Azzopardi also provides Medico-Legal specialist reports and accepts instructions for defendant and claimant personal injury. He has a keen interest in Medical Education and sits on the London Deanery Pain Training Advisory Group Committee. Until only recently, he was the Educational Supervisor for Advanced Pain Training in Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital.

His Anaesthetic interests include Difficult Airway Anaesthesia, Regional Anaesthesia and Anaesthesia in the Developing World. To this extent, he has been the Lead anaesthetist on numerous charity missions in Ethiopia with Facing Africa and Project Harar. In addition to this, he is actively involved in postgraduate education, medical simulation and is a clinical supervisor for higher specialist training in Pain Medicine.

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Medical Procedures

Interventional Pain Medicine

  • Trigger point injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Periarticular injections: Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar
  • Facet joint Diagnostic
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Scar/neuroma injections
  • Minimally Invasive Disc procedures
  • Provocative discography
  • Obturator nerve Pulsed Radiofrequency for hip pain
  • Injections for plantar fascitis 

Neuromodulation

  • TENS
  • PENS
  • Peripheral Nerve
  • Stimulation
  • Subcutaneous Nerve Field Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Implantation of drug delivery systems for Neuroaxial (intrathecal & epidural) therapy

Cancer Pain Management Treatments

  • Comprehensive Medical Management
  • Neurolytic ablation procedures:  Coeliac, Lumbar & Hypogastric plexi, Ganglion Impar
  • Intrathecal neurolysis (Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacral)
  • Nerve blocks: Ultrasound guided Regional Anaesthesia, Continuous catheter techniques
  • Implantation of analgesic drug delivery systems – Percutaneous and Fully implanted devices

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Special Interests

  • Pharmacological management of complex chronic pain disorders
  • Functional restoration and rehabilitation addressing the bio-psycho-social dimensions of chronic pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain disorders: Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar spine
  • Neck pain
  • Thoracic pain
  • Lumbar Back pain (Facetal and Discogenic)
  • Whiplash injury
  • Myo-fascial pain disorders - Fibromyalgia
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Coccygodynia
  • Visceral pain
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Pain in the Elderly
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Chronic radiculopathy (Sciatica)
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Post stroke pain
  • Post Surgical Pain
  • Syndromes
  • Ischaemic Pain
  • Refractory Angina
  • Headaches
  • Oro-facial Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Urogenital Pain
  • Testicular pain

Education

Training 

  • University of Malta Medical School
  • Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia
  • Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala
  • Prince of Wales Hospital, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Qualifications

  • MD (1993) Doctor of Medicine & Surgery
  • FRCA (1999) Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists UK. 
  • FFPMANZCA (2004) Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
  • FFPMRCA (2006) Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Memberships & Associations 

  • RCA Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • FPMRCA Faculty of Pain Medicine (Royal College of Anaesthetists)
  • FPMANZCA Faculty of Pain Medicine (Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists)
  • BPS British Pain Society
  • IASP International Association for the Study of Pain
  • WIP World Institute of Pain
  • INS International Neuromodulation Society
  • NSUKI Neuromodulation Society of UK & Ireland
  • LPTAG London Deanery Pain Training Group
  • SESA South East School of Anaesthesia

Reviews

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14-08-2017
I wish to thank you for all the kindness and care you have shown me.

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31-07-2017
I want to say thank you for the excellent care you have shown me. My family and I really appreciate it.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-07-2017
I've been so very grateful for the care I've received, it has made a huge difference to my life.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

25-07-2017
I'm very impressed with the service and care that I received.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

21-07-2017
Thank you so much for your excellent care and attention paid. Your treatments have made an enormous difference.

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21-07-2017
I wanted to say a huge thank you for all the support, assistance, professionalism and sheer appreciation you have given me, my mum and all my family. I am very grateful for your swift response in accommodating to see me and for all that you've done and are still doing.

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