There are several important matters that we attend to before a patient's surgery date. Sometimes, particularly in instances when an injury requires prompt surgical repair, the details of post-surgical pain management can get lost in the shuffle of overwhelming feelings. The fact of the matter is, a break to a bone or injury to a joint can cause a fair amount of discomfort, even after repair. This is because the nerves and tissues surrounding the injury also need to heal, and when they do, their irritation may become strikingly evident.
Managing post-surgical pain is an important topic of discussion. Here, we will offer some insights that may assist you as you prepare for your surgery or recovery from one. Also, know that we are always happy to speak with you. Just give us a call at one of our New Jersey orthopedic offices.
Pain Management with Medication
The use of prescription medication helps surgical patients prevent a problem from developing. The problem that we see time and time again are that a patient feels relatively good after his or her surgery. Why take a prescription drug if not necessary, right? Why not test the waters to see how bad pain gets, and how long you can put off that next dose? Here's why: because when pain develops after orthopedic surgery, which is most likely will, you are then chasing a much bigger problem than you need.
There are several drug therapies that may be available to you. If you have a concern about certain types of medications, such as opioids, talk with your doctor before surgery. Don't wait until after the fact. Doing so creates needless stress.
Pain management doesn't have to revolve solely around taking your prescribed dosages of medication at the right time. Several drug-free remedies may also assist you in feeling more comfortable more often. Just remember, none of them is a substitute for taking pain medication.
Some of the techniques you may enlist to improve post-surgical comfort include:
- Using heat/cold therapy as directed by your physician or physical therapist.
- Using breathing techniques to promote mental and physical relaxation.
- Developing body-mechanics that inhibit pain.
Post-surgical discomfort should be expected, but it doesn't need to be feared. You have support from the team at Orthopedics and Hand Surgery.