Dad is 3 weeks post op from L5/S1 posterior fusion (PLIF) (laminectomy, decompression, instrumentation).
He is doing well. He's following the walking program and recovering well.
We have been given the green light by surgeon staff to wean off the pain meds.
This is what he takes currently (unchanged since discharge):
- OxyContin 20mg twice a day (morning+evening)
- Lyrica 75mg twice a day (morning + night).
We are currently going to try reducing OxyContin to 10mg twice a day. Lyrica is unchanged so far. Thinking of reducing that to 1 x 75mg in the morning (and skipping night).
Any ideas on how best to reduce the pain meds and what time frame we should follow? Just need some experienced from you. I will obviously check with the surgeon staff first before taking any action so don't worry.