Pain Management Following Surgery

Pain Management Following Surgery


  • Unless otherwise specified by Dr. Ahmad’s team, you will be provided with a Post-Operative Pain Management Protocol that consists of:
    • Tylenol (acetaminophen), a non-narcotic pain reliever
    • Toradol (ketoralac), an anti-inflammatory medication and non-narcotic pain reliever
    • Neurontin (gabapentin), a non-narcotic nerve pain medication
  • You will be directed to take these medications at scheduled times throughout the first seven days after your surgery. This combination of medication helps to provide continuous pain control throughout the day, and aims to limit the amount of narcotic pain medication that you will need to take during your recovery period.
  • You will also be given a low-dose narcotic medication that is to be taken as needed for pain that is not alleviated by the non-narcotic medications above. Typically, you will be prescribed oxycodone, which can be taken every 4-6 hours. A common side effect of narcotic medication includes nausea, so you will be provided with a medication called Zofran (ondansetron) that prevents nausea. You will also be provided with an antacid called Prilosec (omeprazole) to prevent stomach upset while you are taking these medications.



  • Use of cryotherapy or ice is also beneficial in reducing your pain and decreasing the amount of swelling that can occur after surgery. You should ice and elevate the extremity for 20 minutes at a time, at least 3 times per day. Dr. Ahmad’s team will provide you with options for renting or purchasing a cryotherapy machine for use after your surgery.

Dr. Ahmad performed 2 different surgeries on my daughter at 2 different times. She had excellent outcomes both times. She is a high level gymnast and needed to be seen by the best. Dr. Ahmad is the best.

Mary Louise Lea

Dr Ahmad is extremely knowledgeable and professional! I highly recommend him and his staff. They were very supportive throughout my son’s recovery from UCL surgery!


Dr Ahmad came into each appointment up to date on my file, ready to discuss how treatment was progressing and fully engaged on my rehabilitation. He listened attentively to my feedback and was efficient without being rushed. Thanks to his medical care, I’m in better shape than I was before injury.


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