Pain is tolerated differently by everyone. When assessing pain we use a pain scale of 0-10; 0 being no pain, 5 being noticeable, and 10 being the worst. After your surgery you will most likely have some pain and nothing will take it away completely, but we want you to be comfortable. We want you to stay on top of your pain with the pain prescriptions you were given. Once pain becomes out of control it is harder to gain control again. Manage your pain closely and carefully.
NARCOTICS This may be prescribed to you for your post surgical pain. You may take one to two pills every four to six hours as needed to help control your pain. After the first 24-48 hours you may begin to decrease your dose or allow more time to pass between doses. Percocet is helpful for incisional pain.
NON STEROIDAL ANTI INFLAMMATORY This may be recommended for you to help control your pain after the first 24-48 hours. You may substitute ibuprofen for the pain meds you were given. Ibuprofen can be used every eight hours or as directed by your doctor unless you have a history of stomach problems or ulcers. Ibuprofen is helpful for crampy and achy pain.
Pain medication can be sedating and can impair your judgment and your ability to perform daily activities. Do not drive or operate machinery while taking pain medication.
ESTROGEN REPLACEMENT Estrogen replacement will be prescribed only if your ovaries will be removed during surgery. You will start this medication after you are discharged from the hospital. Instructions regarding dosage will be on the prescription bottle, and your physician will discuss this medication with you preoperatively.
Pain meds can increase constipation. The following are suggestions to help ease this condition:
DIET. Foods high in fiber will promote healthy bowels. Avoid gas producing foods or foods that are difficult to digest, for example beans or cabbage.
FLUIDS. Drink plenty of water. It will also help to eat foods that are high in water content.
STOOL SOFTENER. Stool softeners should be taken while you are taking your pain meds. You may pick up an over-the-counter stool softener product. Use as directed on the package.
LAXATIVES. If it has been more than two days since your last bowel movement you can try a stimulant laxative, such as Miralax or a milk of magnesia product. Use as directed on the package.
Please call the office at (307) 734-1005 if you have any further questions, and ask for the nursing desk.