Your doctor will prescribe pain medications to help control your pain. Be sure to take them as directed before pain becomes severe.
Before you are discharged, your care team will periodically ask you to evaluate your level of pain on a 10 point scale (10 being the worst). Let a member of the care team know if your medication needs to be adjusted.
Before discharge let a member of the care team, or after discharge, your surgeon know if you have any of the following symptoms:
Common side effects of pain medications are stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. If you are able, eat a little before taking pain medications to help with stomach upset. Eating fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water can help to prevent or reduce constipation.
After surgery, some patients experience throat discomfort which can lead to coughing that can make pain at the surgical site worse. Placing a pillow or more than one pillow over the surgical site can help to ease pain when coughing.
Ask your surgeon or a member of the care team about alternate methods of managing pain such as heat or cold compresses, or relaxation techniques such as deep breathing.
Before discharge, be sure to ask your surgeon the following questions: