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Safe and Effective Pain Control

Controlling your pain after your surgery is important aspect of recovery. To help you have a successful surgical experience, it is important for you to have a presurgical discussion with your surgeon about how he or she will work with you to manage your pain.

Your physician may discuss using a combination of strategies to control pain. These alternative ways to control pain can be helpful and sometimes may provide better pain relief than medication alone. You may also be screened for current opioid use and potential risk for overuse. To ensure the safety and most effective way to control people the physician may advise using the lowest dose of opioids, safely getting rid of unused opioids, and knowing the signs of opioid overuse. The clinical team want to make ensure that you are informed about managing your pain in a positive manner. 

Resources

Safe and Effective Pain Control Checklist

Safe and Effective Pain Control After Surgery - ACS Patient Education

American Academy of Pain Medicine