There is no surgery which isn’t accompanied with pain. Whether the pain is mild or severe, it depends on the procedure, the surgeon, and how well the operation went. It is therefore better to discuss post-surgical pain with your surgeon before the surgery, as well as how to manage and deal with it.
Researchers recently assessed responses from 1030 patients who underwent surgery at some point in time between 2006 and 2009, which was a 32 percent response rate. Of those participants, 46 percent reported persistent pain, with a median average pain score of 3 of 10 and worst pain score of 5.
How to Manage Post-Surgical Pain
Controlling pain is vital for a quick and efficient recovery. With good pain control techniques, you can get up and move around within a few days. This is quite helpful because it decreases:
Common Methods for Controlling Post-Surgical Pain
Recent studies have shown that patients, who take medications after surgery to control their pain, often end up using fewer pain killers in the long run than those patients who avoid pain killers after surgery.
Treatment of post-operative pain can be by one medication, or a combination of various medicines. There are various methods for the routes of administration of these medicines such as oral, parenteral (through injections). The most common medications prescribed include:
Topical Medications for Pain – An Easy Pain Reliever
Topical medicines are directly applied to the skin and they are available in various forms such as gels, creams and lotions. Topical medications are applied locally and they directly act on the part on which they are applied. They produce almost negligible side effects and get absorbed from the skin. There are two types of topical medications:
There are various topical agents available on the market, and the best part is that they come in various forms such as sprays, gels, creams, lotions, and patches. There are a few benefits of topical medications, which have made them popular in the recent years. For one thing, they have fewer side effects than oral medications, and another factor is that they can be used without prescriptions.
Liu, S.S., Buvanendran, A., Rathmell, J.P. et al. (2012). A cross-sectional survey on prevalence and risk factors for persistent postsurgical pain 1 year after total hip and knee replacement. Reg Anesth Pain Med, 37(4), 415 – 422. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22660483.