Post Operation and Pain Relief

The management of your pain is of great importance to us and will be taken very seriously.

  • The management of your pain should be discussed with both your anesthesiologist and surgeon.
  • Please feel free to bring up any concerns or fears you may have.
  • Remember that information on pain management gives you the appropriate expectations and hence a smoother, more comfortable recovery.
  • We will be assessing your level of pain from the time of admission until you receive our postoperative call at home.
  • You will be repeatedly asked to rate your pain¬†using the Visual Analog Pain Scale, or for children, the Faces Pain Scale.
  • Using the results of our communication we will alter the therapy as needed in order to assure your comfort.

We will often use a combination of different modalities to help make you comfortable, choosing from oral medications, intravenous medications, injection of local anesthetic prior to and during the surgery .

We also offer several nerve blocks for some types of surgery.

  • Most blocks can be performed in the preoperative area under mild sedation and are tolerated very well.
  • Your anesthesia team will discuss a nerve block if one is available for your type of surgery.
  • A nerve block or blocks are available for surgery on your shoulder, arms, hands, legs, knees, ankles.
  • Eligible types of surgery include broken bones, shoulder surgery, tears in tendons.
  • An injection placed under ultrasound guidance can mostly reduce or completely eliminate the pain of surgery for 8 to 24 hours.
  • Many times, no additional pain medicine is needed in the recovery room.
  • Nausea and vomiting risk is also reduced or eliminated.
  • Some surgeries require that we perform a block in order to be able to do the surgery in a same day surgery center (without you having to spend a night in the hospital due to pain)

For self pay patients, these blocks are an additional cost.