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.