Your doctor will make pain management a top priority after any type of surgery. While there will be some discomfort after any type or surgery, your doctor will help you manage your pain. This is not only to keep your body comfortable but also because if your body is experiencing pain it won’t heal as quickly.
Your doctor will review your medical history and current health status before you have surgery. Be honest with your doctor and inform them about any medication you are currently taking.
What Kinds of Pain Can You Expect
You may feel pain after surgery. It is often not at the site of surgery. There are some areas that you might feel discomfort or pain following surgery.
- Muscles – You might feel pain or discomfort in your muscles, such as the back, chest, neck or neck. This can be caused by lying down on the operating table, or any “handling” that the team may perform with you during surgery.
- Sore throat – Your throat might feel sore or scratchy. This can be caused by any tubes in your throat or mouth. Moving – Any movement, such as sitting up or walking, will cause discomfort and pain. Pain will increase even if you cough or sneeze.
How to keep your pain under control
Your pain management will be greatly improved if you keep your doctor and the nurses informed about your pain. Your main will also be measured. During your stay in hospital, you will need to rate the pain using a scale from zero through ten. One is the smallest amount of pain, whereas ten is the most severe. This helps your medical team know how pain management is going and if they need to make any changes.
Who will help you deal with your pain?
Before you have surgery, your doctor and you will discuss your pain management. This will help to determine what is best for both of your bodies. Sometimes, your doctor will send a pain specialist to help you after surgery.
You are ultimately the one who will make the final decision. Your doctor will use your medical history and current health conditions to determine the best pain management options.
The Different Types of Pain Management Treatments
Patients may be prescribed multiple types of pain management treatments. It depends on the patient’s needs and what type of surgery they had. They will be evaluated by your doctor and pain specialist to ensure they are safe and effective. However, any medication has some risk. These are some of the most common pain management methods:
Intravenous PCA (Patient-Controlled Analgesia)
PCA is a computer-controlled pump that allows patients to self-medicate pain medication. The program limits the amount that can be released at a given time.
A nerve block is used to control pain in specific areas of the body. An epidural catheter can be used to provide pain relief for longer periods.
Oral Pain Medications
Your doctor will likely prescribe an orally administered pain medication after surgery. The nursing staff will ask you to notify them if you have pain. If it is within the normal four hour time frame, they will prescribe the dosage.
Pain Management without Medication
There are many ways to manage pain. Guided imagery is a method of achieving pain management that focuses on the patient creating peaceful and calm images in their minds. You can enhance this mental escape by changing your position and listening to music.
Your doctor might give you advice about cold and/or heat therapy. This will help reduce pain and swelling. As a pain management tool, you can use a pillow to help with any abdominal or chest surgery.
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