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Narcotics and second surgery

sotiredssotired Posts: 29
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi All,
I'm having my harware removed in a few weeks and was wondering what I need to do in terms of my medications.
I'm currently using a pain patch, ultram and oxycodone. Do I need to wean myself off the patch? I've read from others that pain control can be a problem after surgery because of tolerance. What can I do so I don't get "under" medicated at the hospital?


  • I would ask your doctor for confirmation on your situation. I can tell you what My doctor said when I was about to have surgery. He only let me have perocet because the morphine I would get wouldnt work as well.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • My Dr didnt change my meds. He said that they would be able to control my pain. Check with your Dr. He will be able to tell you. Good luck
  • I was on oxycodone before my surgery and didn't have to come off of it, but I know every surgeon is different. What my surgeon did was schedule a consult with the pain management physician who was on call the day of my surgery, so I was able to have a consult with him a few hours after my surgery to make sure the pain was adequately managed. The PM doc then followed me during my stay in the hospital to stay on top of the pain management. You might ask your surgeon if he is planning on having you work with a PM physician while you're hospitalized to make sure the pain meds are working. It helped me a lot because I did end up having some trouble with the pain meds so it was a huuuuuge help to have a PM specialist on my case.
  • I didn't decrease or stop any of my pain meds before my surgery. It's just important that your anesthesiologist knows about what you're taking, because they will adjust your anesthesia accordingly.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • twice a day and percocet every four hours. I too am scared theyre not gonna be able to control the pain after the surgery.

  • They have drugs stronger than morphine and percoset to control pain after surgery. I was on stronger meds and had no problem. Dont worry, it will be fine. I always talk to the anesthesiologist, as he understands pain control and will work with your Dr. It will be fine, trust me. Just make sure you ask your nurses for meds when you need them, but maybe you will be on pump. Good Luck.
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