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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Pain Medications
How long after surgery do the NS or OS keep prescribing the meds to you? What is everyones experiences? Thank You!


  • Mine continued to prescribe for me for two years, partly due to the fact that my physiatrist was also in the office that my surgeon was in. It was nice because he was able to discuss things with the surgeon, and to see me, even if I was not there to see him, he knew what was going on with me pain wise and medically.
    I know that most surgeons are anywhere between 2 weeks post op, or at most three months if you had a fusion. After that, they usually send you back to PM.
  • Thanks so much for the reply. It seems alot of people dont respond as much lately. Perhaps they are busy. Anyways, thank you.
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  • My OS will continue to prescribe, if needed, up to 6 months. I am at the 5-month mark and he is still prescribing...but I only take them as needed now. I guess they are all different with this as they are most things!
  • I think sometimes the surgeons turn patients over to the pain management docs at some point for meds or whatever is needed for pain management.
  • Hi

    My doctor after my neck fusion only prescribed meds for one month - then you had to go to your primary to get more.....

    now he has a pain management doctor in his office - so my
    neurosurgeon will do the post surgery meds then i will
    follow up with pain management specialist!!!!!

    its like these pills are coming out of there pay check

    if we need em - its obviously - read the medical chart...

    if weve been coming for a long time - we need more than
    advil after the first month : )
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  • My NS prescribed for 6 months post-op, then referred me back to my GP. I have been on them for 3 years since, albeit a lower dose.
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