The purpose of a surgery is to fix the root cause of an illness. If postoperative pain is neglected, or suffered in silence without being controlled, that pain is very likely to turn into long-term chronic pain. Read More
Every medicine has its side effects, so what are those of pain medications?
Side effects vary with different kinds of painkillers.
Different medications are given depending on the levels of pain. The most commonly used medications for post-surgical pain include: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol), Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Opioids. Acetaminophen (Paracetamol), also known as Panadol, when taken too much can cause liver damage, and can also lead to stomach and kidney related side effects. Opioids are the most powerful of these drugs, they can also cause nausea, vomiting, bloating, urinary retention, itchiness and are also addictive. Taking large amounts can also stop your breathing.
Most pain medications are controlled drugs. For postsurgical pain, all you need is to follow the doctor’s prescription for pain medications. If side effects occur, doctors will prescribe other drugs to reduce it. As long as you follow the instructions and ask the doctor if you have questions and concerns, the pain will be well managed and you will have less side effects. Read More
Some common ways that anesthesiologists treat pain include "patient controlled pain relief" and "peripheral nerve blocks," but these pain relief treatment methods are typically used for major surgeries such as cesarean section, open heart surgery, joint replacement surgery, etc… Read More
In the past, postoperative pain relief was a very torturous process for patients. First, they would contact their nurse practitioner, who would then notify the physician, who would prescribe the pain medication. After an interval of at least half an hour, the nurse practitioner would finally administer the medication to the patient. Read More
Doctor, what are the current options for postoperative pain control?
There are three kinds of clinical analgesic methods: oral analgesic, intramuscular or intravenous analgesia, and patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). Read More