What Is Surgical Pain Medication?
If you’re about to undergo surgery, it’s completely normal to be a little worried about any pain you may experience during the healing process. The goal of our pain specialists, Dr. Stephen Boyajian and Dr. Kenneth Rogers, here at Advanced Pain Consultants in Voorhees, NJ, is to reduce any pain and discomfort you may experience after surgery to facilitate a smoother and more comfortable recovery period.
The best time to discuss your pain management is before your surgery. Your Voorhees, NJ, pain specialist would be happy to sit down with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Discussing this and forming an action plan, with regards to your pain management upfront, can put you at ease when it comes to handling your pain after surgery.
There are several different kinds of pain medications that may be prescribed to help ease your post-surgical discomfort. The type and dosage will depend on the kind of surgery you’re undergoing and the estimated length of recovery. Dr. Boyajian and Dr. Rogers will also consider health conditions and other factors that may affect the efficacy of certain pain medications.
Common pain medications include,
Opioids: Opioids are a powerful oral medication. Common types include morphine and oxycodone.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications: This medication may be found over-the-counter or you may be prescribed a strong NSAID pain reliever. This medication temporarily reduces pain and swelling. Popular NSAIDs include ibuprofen and naproxen.
Local anesthetics: If we want to alleviate pain or discomfort in a specific area of the body, then a local topical anesthetic like lidocaine may be prescribed, which can temporarily numb the area.
Non-opioid pain relievers: This is another form of painkillers. Acetaminophen falls under the category of a non-opioid pain medication.
Often times, a patient may be prescribed more than one medication at a time to reduce the symptoms and to get you back to your normal routine and activities easier.
Pain Medication During Surgery
Along with managing your pain during the recovery process, many patients want to make sure that they receive the right kind of medication to numb the pain during their surgery. During most surgeries, a form of sedation and anesthesia is administered. Anesthesia may be administered locally, spinally, intravenously, or through an epidural. The anesthesia that’s right for you will depend on several factors including the type of surgery you are undergoing, as well as other medications you may be taking or allergies to medications you may have. This is something we will discuss at length during your surgical consultation.
If you are looking for ways to get your chronic pain under control, then it’s time to turn to Dr. Boyajian and Dr. Rogers at Advanced Pain Consultants in Voorhees, NJ, for care. Call (856) 489-9822 to schedule a consultation with us today!