Here is some useful topics to think about before and after surgery:
Ask Your Doctor What to Expect
Will there be much pain after surgeryWhere will it occurHow long is it likely to lastBeing prepared helps put you in controlDiscuss Pain Control Options with Your Doctor
Talk with your doctor about pain control methods that are availableDiscuss any concerns you may have about pain medicineAsk about side effects that may occur with treatmentTalk About the Schedule for Pain Medicines in the Hospital
Pain medications may be given only when you ask for them or they may be given on a set time schedule. Sometimes there are delays, and the pain gets worse while waiting for the medication.
Your doctor may also order the pain medication to be delivered by a Patient Controlled Analgesia pump (PCA). With PCA, you control when you get the medication. When you begin to feel pain, you press a button to inject the medicine through the intravenous (IV) tube in your vein.
Take (Or Ask For) Pain Medication When Pain First Begins
Take action as soon as the pain startsIf you know your pain will worsen when you start walking or doing breathing exercises, take pain medicine first. It’s harder to ease pain once it has taken hold. This is a key step in proper pain control.Tell the Doctor or Nurse About Any Pain That Won’t Go Away
Don’t worry about being a “bother.” Pain can be a sign of problems with your operation; the nurses and doctors want and need to know about it.
Stick with your pain control plan if it’s working. Your doctors and nurses can change the plan if your pain is not under control. You need to tell the nurses and doctors about your pain and how the pain control plan is working.