Pain After Surgery
If you’re having surgery, it’s natural to have concerns — or even fears — about the pain following the procedure. Some pain is common after surgery, but you shouldn’t have to endure severe pain. Pain medications are a key part of your recovery. Well-controlled pain using pain medications can speed healing and lead to fewer complications. If your post surgery pain has become an obstacle to healing, contact Tri-State Pain Institute and our highly trained team of pain specialists can help you recover quickly and safely.
Your Role In Pain Control
After surgery, you’ll need to communicate with your doctors and nurses. Controlling your pain is important to them, too.
- Be honest about the pain you feel after surgery. Let your doctors and nurses know how much it hurts, where it hurts, and what activities or positions make it better or worse. Your health care team will want to know the intensity of pain on a 0 to 10 scale where 0 is no pain, and 10 is the worst pain you can imagine. The more specific you can be, the better your doctors can help you.
- Don’t ignore side effects. Tell your care team if you experience sleepiness, constipation, nausea, itching or other side effects of your medications. A different pain medication or dose can sometimes reduce uncomfortable side effects.
Remember: When your pain is under control, you can focus on the important work of healing. So this isn’t the time to test your pain tolerance, or grin and bear it. Work with your health care team to make your recovery as prompt and pain-free as possible.
Don’t Wait To Begin Pain Medication After Surgery
The pain management specialists at Tri-State Pain Institute find that a common mistake people make is waiting too long to take pain medication. By the time you’re in pain, you’re starting from behind the eight ball. Remember, it takes a lot more medicine to control pain after it’s started as opposed to starting it ahead of time. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact us and we’ll guide you through the pain management process to get you back to doing the things you enjoy.
Stick to the medication schedule set by the doctor. That will keep medication flowing through your system and your level of pain at a more even and manageable level.
Some Medical Conditions Complicate Pain Management After Surgery
Pre-existing medical conditions can complicate pain management after surgery. According to Fraifeld, there are a few conditions that commonly interfere with post-surgical pain management, including:
- Chronic Pain
- Sleep Apnea
- Anxiety and Depression
If you have any of these conditions, be sure to discuss them with your doctor before and after your surgery. Make Tri-State Pain Institute an integral part of your recovery team. Our convenient locations in Erie, Corry, and Jamestown, New York give you access to most comprehensive pain management services in our region.