Pain Management

Pain control after surgery:

Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. It is normal to expect a certain amount of pain following surgery; however, if pain does not subside with pain medication, there may be a more serious problem. Your physicians and nurses will ask about your pain because they want you to be comfortable. It is important that they be alerted if their efforts to control your pain are not effective.

With today's new and improved pain medications, there is no reason for anyone to tolerate severe pain. By effectively treating pain, you will heal faster, have fewer complications following surgery, and be able to go home and resume normal activities sooner.

The importance of discussing pain control before your surgery:

Discuss pain control options with your physician before you have surgery. Talk about pain control methods that have worked well, or not worked well for you in the past. Also, discuss the following with your physician:

Pain medications are given in one of the following ways:

Your physicians and nurses will want to know how your pain medicine is working and whether or not you are still experiencing pain. The physician will change the medicine, and/or dosage, if necessary.

What are the different types of pain relief medications commonly used after surgery?

The amount of post-operative discomfort depends on various factors, particularly the type of surgical procedure you have undergone and your threshold for pain. Discuss your pain management options with your physician, including the various types of pain medications and their side effects.

Some of the pain relief medications following surgery may include:

Breathing and relaxation exercises can also help in controlling pain. Consult your physician for more information.

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