Managing Pain After Surgery
Once you’re home after surgery, you may have some pain. This is because even minor surgery causes swelling and breakdown of tissue. When it comes to effective pain management, the tips you learned in the hospital also work at home. To get the best pain relief possible, remember these points:
Special Note: Be sure to follow any specific post-op instructions from your surgeon or nurse.
Use your medicine only as directed
If your pain is not relieved or if it gets worse, call your healthcare provider.
If your pain lessens, try taking your medicine less often.
Remember that medicines need time to work
Time your medicine
Try to time your medicine so that you take it before beginning an activity, such as dressing or sitting at the table for dinner.
Taking your medicine at night may help you get a good night’s rest.
Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
Don't drink alcohol while taking pain medicine
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