Pain in Knee after Surgery
Chronic Knee Pain after Surgery
Are you experiencing knee surgery pain? While this may be considered as normal in most cases, it is still important to let this be known to your doctors just in case there are complications which had occurred. Another advantage of letting your doctor know about your knee surgery pain is that he might prescribe a remedy or medication to alleviate this.
There are many post-surgical medications which can alleviate the pain caused by knee surgery.
It is very important for doctors to prescribe their patients with the most suitable pain-killer and the right amount of this in order to shorten the recovery period of the patient and save him from unnecessary pain. It has been known that overdose consumption of pain-killers may predispose patients to some complications and may result to severe nausea, light-headedness, and sleepiness. In contrast to this, a very low dose of medications may result to ineffective solution for pain.
If you are prescribed with pain-killer medication, avoid alcoholic drinks since this may result to some complications such as gastrointestinal bleeding. Another disadvantage of consuming alcohol while you’re on medication is that this may lessen the effects of the drug. It is also important to tell your doctor if you are taking other medications (even those are over-the-counter drugs) since some drugs are contraindicated with pain-killer medications. It is also very important for patients to precisely tell the pain they are experiencing and the side effects of their medications such as light-headedness, sleepiness, severe constipation, and nausea.
There are many pain medications available today; each of these is used for different levels of pain and other categorizations. These are the following drugs which are used to alleviate and provide relief from knee surgery pain: Epidural analgesia is a pain-killer medication which can also provide pain relief to child labor and chest surgery; patient-controlled analgesia is mostly used for patients who are experiencing severe pain immediately after the surgery since these people are mostly unable to take oral medications; nerve blocks which works by blocking the pain signal from reaching the brain; and intravenous pain medications which are often used in hospital and outpatient recovery room.
For those patients who are experiencing less or bearable pain, doctors usually inject them with a local anesthesia directly to their surgical incision or wound. This pain relief works by blocking the pain signal from reaching the brain, while this is most commonly used in tooth extraction and other dental procedures, this can also be used in minor knee surgery. Another way to provide pain relief (for less severe case) is by taking oral medications. One of the most commonly used is called opiod analgesics drugs which also comes in an injectible form. According to many reports, patients who had taken this often experience side effects such as constipation, nausea, and vomiting.