Managing pain after surgery
Most patients will experience some pain following a surgery. People do feel pain differently, even those who have had the same surgery or procedure.
Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible, while keeping you safe, as we work toward your recovery. We know that patients with good pain control, heal quicker. Here are some tips for managing your pain after surgery.
- 1. We will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10. 0-2 is mild pain, 3-5 is moderate pain, 6-8 is severe pain, and 10 is the worst pain possible.
- 2. It is more difficult to control pain in patients who have chronic pain. If you suffer from chronic plain, please talk to your doctor about that prior to your procedure.
- 3. Pain medicine has side effects that can compromise your safety, including lowering blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate. We must look at all these factors when determining a patient’s pain medication. Sometimes we have to resolve these issues before a patient can have more pain medicine. During this time, we can try other techniques to soothe your discomfort, including ice packs, repositioning, soothing music, deep breathing and making your room quiet.
- 4. Another common side effect of pain medicine is constipation. To prevent this, drink lots of fluids and walk as much as possible during recovery. If you still experience constipation, talk to your doctor.
- 5. Being in the hospital can cause you to feel anxious, and this may increase your perception of your pain. Your doctor may prescribe anxiety medication, which will work with the pain medication to make you more comfortable.
- 6. We will encourage you to get out of bed, sit in a chair and walk in the hallway soon after your procedure. While it may be uncomfortable at first, this mobility will increase your circulation and help your breathing, which will help you to heal quicker and lessen your pain.
- 7. Our goal is to work together with you toward your healing. Please feel free to express your concerns or questions to any staff. If we work together, we will get you back to your normal activities as soon as possible.