The UMCG collaborates in a large international research project after phantom pain, as the sole academic center in the Netherlands. In this treatment, patients are trained with virtual reality and augmented reality. For the first patients, this treatment was very succesful; they are without exception very ethousiastic about the treatment. One patient even woke up for the first time in 23 years without pain. A remarkable new research on the Healthy Ageing Campus!
Phantom pain is pain that someone feels in an amputated limb; one experiences pain, evn though the painful limb is no longer there. It is a regular complaint. Of all the people who underwent amputation, 50 to 80% experiences phantom pain. Especially immediately after the amputation patients suffer from this pain.