Medication after surgery
Facing any sort of surgery can be scary, but you can mitigate some of those fears by preparing yourself mentally and physically. Effective pain management is going to be an important part of the recovery process, as it is with any surgery. A variety of pain medications are available following back surgery that can help make the recovery process more comfortable. Physicians and surgeons utilize powerful painkillers during surgery and can prescribe a number of different types of medication once the procedure is complete. Regardless of the type of surgery performed, pain medication plays an integral role in getting patients back on their feet and on with their lives.
Finding the right medication after back surgery is extremely important for a number of reasons. Physicians do not want to prescribe medication that is too strong because it can lead to frustrating side effects that can (at best) interfere with your daily life. At worst, they can add significant complication to your recovery. Alternately, patients obviously don’t want their medication to be too weak. Ensuring the patient receives the right postoperative treatment requires:
- An experienced medical staff (physician, surgeon and anesthesiologist)
- A full medical screening to help avoid complications and correctly identify the origin of the pain
- An honest discussion about previous experiences with painkillers, drugs and alcohol
Specific medication used after back surgery also depends greatly on the exact procedure. Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter painkillers are often all that is needed to manage a patient’s pain after minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute, unlike the strong painkillers and muscle relaxants required after a traditional open back surgery. The difference in pain can be significant between our minimally invasive outpatient procedure and a highly invasive open back surgery that requires several days of hospitalization.
It is important to consult your physician about pain medications to take after your surgery, if you need the additional pain relief. Different procedures and patients require different medication and treatments. To learn more about the various ways to manage pain after a minimally invasive procedure, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our Care Team can guide you through the process from start to wellness.
If you are still in the decision phase about your recent diagnosis, we are happy to provide you with additional information about your condition and Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open neck and back surgery. Call today for your MRI review to see if you are a candidate for surgery.