Pain Management After Your Joint Replacement
Advanced Joint Care
& Replacement Center
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive
4th Floor East
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Pain is an individual experience. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible after surgery. With proper pain management you will be able to move around and do your deep breathing exercises. Some patients worry they will become addicted to the pain medications. This should not be a concern as you will only take these medications for a short period of time.
The pain measurement scale will help your nurse determine the effectiveness of the medication. You will be asked to describe your pain or discomfort level in a number (see scale below). There is no right or wrong answer. Adequate pain management is necessary and crucial for your recovery. Be sure to ask your nurse for medication before pain prevents you from actively participating in your recovery.
Pain Management at Home
Your doctor will prescribe pain medication for you to use at home. It is important to have good pain control during physical therapy to make sure you get the most out of the rehabilitative exercises. Your doctor may also prescribe a stool softener because some types of pain medication cause constipation.