Having some pain after a procedure or surgery is normal, but you and your care team can work together to control it. Pain control is important for your comfort and will help you get well faster and improve your results.
Most patients combine medication and other methods of pain control, like cold packs or listening to music, for greater relief. We want you to take an active role in your pain control plan.
One of the ways we get you involved is by asking you to rate your pain on a scale from zero to 10. Zero means no pain, two is mild pain, five is moderate pain, and so on. Once we know how you’re doing, we can figure out the right way to treat your pain.
If you have any concerns about taking pain medication, talk to your care team. They want to know about your concerns, and they need to know about them to be able to take good care of you.
If your pain control plan works, stick with it. If it isn’t working, let someone on your care team know right away.
The best way to handle pain is to begin pain relief treatment early. That way, you’ll be as comfortable as possible as you get better.