Most patients feel apprehensive and concerned about pain after surgery. Whether you’re having surgery for the first time or not, pain can still be a cause of concern. The good news is that these fears are normal, and can be often minimized and addressed.
With proper preparation, post-operative pain can be managed effectively with the help of your doctor. Here are ways to prepare:
- Talk to your doctor about previous pain management experience
- Make a list of your medications
- Be honest about alcohol and drug use
- Ask how much pain to expect and the duration of pain
- Talk about any chronic pain you might be experiencing
- Learn about possible side effects of pain medication and what can be done
- Make a checklist of what should be prepared when you go home
- Set a medication schedule and stick to it
- Be honest about your pain with your doctors and nurses
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions and follow up
There are numerous strategies to manage post-operative pain including combining medications, intravenous medications or using patient-controlled analgesia. Honesty and a thorough background of your history will help your doctor determine the best means to speed healing and minimize complications.