Postoperative Pain: What to Expect

We look forward to taking care of you! on your day of surgery. We look forward to taking care of you! please remember to speak with your physician
when you meet them in the preoperative area If you have any questions or concerns
about pain management after surgery to achieve adequate control of your postoperative symptoms Your physicians and nurses have your
best interest in mind and will work with you Knowing what to expect is an important first step
to managing your symptoms after surgery Our goal is to make this experience as comfortable as possible for you along with other types of pain medication We will be sure to address your pain by using the
lowest possible, yet still effective dose of opioids and they may be less effective in reducing your pain it is likely that you will have developed some tolerance
to the pain-relieving effects of opioids If prior to surgery you were regularly taking opioids for a chronic pain
condition or to treat an opioid use disorder (addiction) and at the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time As a result, we work hard to prescribe opioid
medications only when absolutely necessary Whenever possible use over-the-counter medication for pain relief especially with extended use after surgery There is great concern that use of opioid medications,
may increase the risk of abuse, misuse, and addiction Some people have nausea or vomiting after taking these medications,
as well as itching and increased sleepiness If you are given opioid pain medications, it is important to note
that these do come with some risks Our goal is to help improve your physical function
after surgery to help you get better After surgery, you may be given several medications, either opioid,
an opioid alternative, or both, to help treat your pain Postoperative pain control is designed to make you
comfortable, but not to eliminate your pain 100% Your body has been through a lot during an operation,
and it is not likely that you will have no pain afterwards and there are limits to what can be safely offered It is important to understand that pain treatment
options can have some risks Having a realistic idea of what to expect after surgery will
aid in your healing process so you are able to do the things you need to do to get well The goal of post-surgery pain care is to do as much
as possible to reduce your pain Know that pain is experienced in different ways by different people It is normal that you will experience some amount of
discomfort after surgery Knowing what to expect after surgery in terms of
pain control is an important step in your recovery Your doctors and nurses will do everything they can to safely
make you as comfortable as possible after surgery and will get better over the first 3 days after most operations The good news is that the pain you will experience
after surgery is almost always temporary It is normal to be worried about pain after surgery and, let you know what to expect on your day of surgery The purpose of this video is to give you information about pain control Welcome and thank you for choosing Penn Medicine!

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