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Pain After Surgery (cont.)

What Is the Follow-up for Pain After Surgery?

Continue to monitor the pain and watch for other symptoms. Make sure you follow up with the surgeon as directed.

How Can I Prevent Pain After Surgery?

Pain is to be expected after surgery. Medications and proper wound care instructions that are explained to you by the surgeon can reduce the pain. These instructions may include the following:

  • When to take pain medications
  • When and if to change the bandages
  • What to eat
  • What activities you can do
  • When it is safe to take a bath
  • When to call the doctor
  • When to return for a checkup

What Is the Prognosis for Pain After Surgery?

Because pain is a normal part of the healing process, most people who experience pain after surgery have a good prognosis; however, pain can be a sign of serious complications of surgery. The prognosis depends on the type of surgery and the type of complication.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


"Management of acute perioperative pain"

Last Reviewed 11/21/2017
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