Your surgeon and/or anesthesiologist will order pain medication appropriate for your individual needs and your type of surgery. You may be given pain pills, pain shots, epidural pain management or Patient-Controlled Analgesia. It is important to take pain medications when you first feel discomfort to make sure you are comfortable after the surgery.
Using pain medication enables you to perform the necessary activities to expedite your recovery—like coughing, deep breathing, early movement and walking. Please discuss any questions or concerns you have about pain management with your physician and your nurse.