Published: Oct. 4, 2007
Updated: Nov. 11, 2010
At Duke we place priority on managing your pain, but we need your help. With your assistance and cooperation in communicating your pain, we will work with you to establish a realistic pain relief goal and ways to achieve this goal.
You will be asked often if you are having pain. Your answers should convey:
There are four possible ways to manage your pain after surgery. Your doctor will discuss the recommended method of pain management with you.
For the first three options, you have control over the level of pain control, and only you may push a button for more doses. The four methods are:
Opioids (narcotics) are one type of medication that may be used to control your pain after surgery. Examples of opioids include morphine, hydromorphone, fentanyl, oxycodone, and OxyContin.
Every medication has side effects. Listed below you will find some of the most common side effects of opioids.
If you are experiencing side effects from your pain medication, let your nurse know. Other medication or dietary changes may be necessary to relieve your discomfort.