If you are scheduled to have surgery, it is normal to be concerned about pain you may experience after surgery.
The best time to talk about post-surgical pain is actually before your operation. Make sure you:
- Talk to your surgeon about your experience with different methods of pain control.
- Bring a current list of all your medicines and any drug allergies with you to your appointment.
- Be honest about your alcohol and drug use. If you are abusing alcohol or drugs, you may experience withdrawal from these substances making your postoperative recovery difficult. If you are a recovering from alcohol or drug abuse we can design a pain management plan to reduce the chance for relapse.
- Ask questions about the post-surgical pain: the severity, how long it will last, how it will be treated, what medications will be used, how they work, and their possible side effects.
- Discuss any concerns you have about taking pain medications.
Surgical pain is common and should be expected after your procedure. Luckily, modern pain medications and anesthesia can minimize surgical pain. While we cannot eliminate all pain, we want to make you as comfortable as possible. Our pain management goals are simple: