Published: Sept. 28, 2009
Updated: Nov. 11, 2010
Pain management is an integral part of your overall ankle replacement treatment plan. With your assistance and cooperation in communicating your pain, we can establish a realistic pain relief goal and develop ways to achieve this goal.
While in the hospital, you will be asked often if you are having pain:
What type of pain do you have? Words to describe your pain may include sharp, dull, stabbing, shooting, burning, crushing, or pins and needle.
How much pain do you have? You can describe the intensity of the pain on a scale of zero to 10. Zero is no pain, and 10 is the worst possible pain you can imagine.
Where is the pain located? Is it at the surgical site or somewhere else? Does the pain stay in one place or does it move?
There are a number of ways to manage your pain after surgery. Your doctor will discuss your options and recommended the best method of pain management for you. Please feel free to ask questions along the way.
If you have unbearable pain, contact your doctor or the hospital where you had your surgery. We will work with you to better manage your pain. Please do not call the central appointment number, as they will be unable to assist you.
Opioids (narcotics) are one type of medication that may be used to control your pain after surgery. Examples of these medications include OxyContin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Percocet, and Vicodin. Each medication has its own side effects; listed below you will find some of the most common side effects of opioids and how we manage them.
At Duke, our goal for pain management is to keep you comfortable and safe.