Pain Management Techniques After Surgery

Pain is an unfortunate consequence of any surgical procedure and it could be the reason why many people try to avoid surgery altogether. Fortunately, extensive research has been done into the topic of pain and medical advancements enable us to manage pain very effectively. With the right prescription of medication and the use of a few non-medicinal pain management techniques, you can greatly reduce the amount of pain you experience while also speeding up your recovery.

When you are recovering from surgery it is important to remember that you are experiencing what is called acute pain. Acute pain is defined as pain that occurs as a response to a specific stimulus. But, it is also defined as pain that is short-lived. Knowing that your pain is temporary should help you to mentally prepare for the recovery period. Overcoming the psychological barriers to surgery before the day of your procedure helps to reduce your stress levels a great deal. And the last thing you need when going in for surgery is unnecessary stress!

Using Pain Medication

There are various pain medicines that help you with pain management, while also reducing inflammation and treating high fever. Medications such as aspirin do this by blocking chemicals called prostaglandins which cause inflammation and swelling. These chemicals also make nerves more sensitive and lead to a more intense feeling of pain.

Your Surgeon will prescribe certain pain medication for you after your surgery and it is very important to follow their instructions diligently. Self-medication can be dangerous as it could interfere with your prescribed medication. It is always advised that you seek professional medical advice when you are experiencing excessive pain. 

Non-Medicinal Pain Management Techniques

In addition to medication, there are some activities that could help you with pain management:

  • Physical Activities – Walking and stretching are great activities that you can return to gradually after surgery. Patients should however be careful to not over-exert themselves and give their bodies enough time to recover before resuming physical activities.   
  • Massage – Massaging the muscles encourages blood flow in the body, which in turn promotes healing. Massaging also helps to prevent the muscles from becoming too tense.
  • Hot or Cold Packs – Ice packs are very effective at reducing swelling and inflammation, while heat pads are commonly used to reduce muscle- and joint pain. 

Contact Centurion Day Hospital to book a consultation for your surgery today! Browse our website for more information on any of the procedures performed at our facility. Our team of doctors will be with you every step of the way and provide you with everything you need to make a speedy recovery.