At Pain Physicians NY (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan NYC) we want you to be comfortable and free from any pain. Its important to properly manage post-surgical pain. You are much more likely to exercise, attend physical therapy once the pain is under control, which will also help you recover faster.
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Back Pain is Usually Inevitable After Surgery
The idea of a surgeon cutting into your body can sometimes be quite traumatizing, despite all the benefits you can expect. You’re also probably wondering about how painful it might be, but while the surgery itself will be painless, you can expect some pain afterwards.
Unfortunately, pain is usually inevitable to most forms of surgery, regardless of the procedures. After surgery, your body will be trying to recover from what it perceives to be an injury and perhaps try to accommodate a foreign object inserted during the surgery.
Managing Post-Surgical Back Pain
On the plus side, since pain is expected, a number of solutions have also been discovered to help reduce the amount of post-surgical pain experienced. Post-surgical pain management is done in two stages, immediately after the surgery while you’re still in the hospital, and afterwards after being discharged from the hospital.
After Back surgery
Intravenous (IV) pain medication
You will probably have a catheter, usually in the arm, inserted into a vein to provide you with fluids, antibiotics and pain medications. Most of the time, this will be a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) which will let you administer to yourself a fixed amount of medication so you don’t need a nurse around you all the time to manage Post-surgical pain. The most common medication at this stage is morphine.
This is a catheter injected into your spinal canal, but without reaching the spinal fluid. It is kept in place during and after surgery and sometimes may be patient-controlled so you won’t need a nurse around you all the time.
Unlike the epidural analgesia, this involves injecting pain medications directly into the spinal fluid, which is instantaneous, but doesn’t last for a long period of time.
In order to relieve pain from a specific part of the body, a nerve block may be inserted around the region, preventing pain messages from travelling to the brain. This is usually applied directly to the wound or cut, essentially blocking the nerves in the affected area.
After Back Surgery discharge
After your doctor determines that you’re healthy enough to be away from constant supervision and that you are ready to go home, they may discharge you from the hospital. If you’re still experiencing post-surgical pain, however, they may have to prescribe certain medications and measured to follow once you are discharged from the hospital.
These will usually be pain medications taken orally such as Tylenol, Advil, Celebrex or Ketalar. The doctor should prescribe a dosage that is right for you to prevent certain side-effects that may be experienced. It is important to keep to the dosage prescribed, because most of these medications are habit-forming and addictive.
There is never a substitute for physical therapy after surgery. It stimulates the body to heal itself much quicker, thereby relieving also the post-surgical pain.
Why is it Important to Control the Post-Surgical Back Pain?
Ideally, the doctor would want you to be comfortable and free from any pain, but that’s only one side of the coin. By keeping you comfortable, you also avoid complications that may arise from the surgery such as blood clots. In addition, you’re much more likely to exercise, attend physical therapy once the pain is under control, which will also help you recover faster.
In essence, by managing the post-surgical pain, you will be allowing your body to recover faster, thus getting over the bump that got you into surgery in the first place.
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