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Dr. Tzvetanka Ivanova-Stoilova

Professional Description:

Consultant in Pain Medicine



St Joseph’s Hospital
Harding Avenue
NP20 6ZE
Area of work:

South Wales and surrounding areas but welcoming instructions nationwide


Dr Tzvetanka Ivanova-Stoilova is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine who has been living in Wales since 1994. She has completed the postgraduate training in anaesthesia and becoming a Consultant/Director of Chronic Pain Clinic in 1999 and is one of the very few full-time consultants in pain medicine in Wales.

Dr Ivanova-Stoilova established a private clinic in St Joseph’s Hospital in 1999 for patients referred from GPs or hospital specialists. The clinic welcomes patients with all types of chronic or recurrent pain. Her specific expertise has proven very helpful for patients with post-surgical pain on the face, sinuses, neck, spine, abdomen, pelvis, upper and lower limbs.

Dr Ivanova-Stoilova has expertise in the diagnosis and management of patients with complex pain conditions while in hospital and as outpatients and is also able to deal with patients with medically unexplained pain and who might have already been to various specialists without specific diagnosis.

Her expertise covers;
Medically unexplained complex pain syndromes
Diabetic Neuropathies
Fibromyalgia syndrome
Recurrent chronic pain from spinal and extra-spinal sites
Male and female pelvic pain
Complex abdominal pain
Degenerative spinal disc disease
Low back pain with or without leg pain
Medically unexplained back and leg pain
Joint pain after trauma, inflammation and degenerative disease
Whiplash injuries
Cancer pain
Male and female pelvic pain
Pain in pregnancy
Head and facial pain
Complex regional pain syndrome
Peripheral neuropathic pain caused by nerve injury, diabetes, chemotherapy, shingles
Central neuropathic pain caused by stroke, spinal cord injury or inflammation or cauda equina
Pain in survivors of critical illness, including Long COVID
Pain after sports injuries
Post-surgical pain – after hernia repair, after surgery on abdominal organs, chest, after hip and knee replacements
Intractable angina pain
Abdominal pain due to irritable bowel, pancreatitis, ulcerative colitis.
Foot and leg pain due to deformities, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease
Pain in rare conditions – Erythromelalgia, Neurofibromatosis

Over the last 20 years, Dr Ivanova-Stoilova has prepared many reports to be served to Courts in her role as a medico-legal expert in high volume multi-track complex pain cases.

She accepts instructions on behalf of the Claimant or Defendant solicitor. Dr Ivanova-Stoilova aims to see the Client within two weeks of receipt of instruction and produce the report within two weeks of consultation. She will answer all patient queries via email, telephone, Zoom, followed by clinical examination, making the patient aware of all clinical findings. Global health situations such as COVID -19 are thoroughly discussed and all measures to mitigate infection spread are implemented.

Dr Ivanova-Stoilova lectures nationally on pain management topics for GPs, hospital consultants, medical professionals and trainees.She also lectures internationally on novel treatments and applications of radio frequency ablation, medically unexplained pain syndromes, managing the complex patients with diabetic neuropathies.

Dr Ivanova-Stoilova has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, including chapters in reference textbooks which are all listed in the attached CV document.

Dr Ivanova-Stoilova's clinical practice is indemnified by MDU.


Member of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), Member of Welsh Pain Society, Member of British Medical Association, Member of Independent Doctors Federation, Member of Honour of Bulgarian Association for the Study and Treatment of Pain.

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