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POST OP PAIN MANAGMENT

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Pain Management
CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT TYPE OF POST OP PAIN MANAGMENT AFTER ANTERIOR SPINAL FUSION C6 C7 IS COMMONLY USED, INJECTIONS OR PAIN PUMP ETC, OR DOES IT DEPEND ON THE DOCTORS PREFERENCE?
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  • Welcome to SH. Yes, post op pain mgt depends on your doctor's choice and your particular situation. Since you're having a fusion, more than likely your doctor may order a PCA machine to dispense morphine for the first 24-48 hours after surgery. PCA stands for patient-controlled analgesia, and you push the button whenever you need it; it is totally safe and the amount of medication is set to your doctor's parameters. It will not allow you to get too much, and it is very convenient because you don't have to wait around for the nurse to come give you an injection. When you leave the hospital, your doctor will write you a script for pain pills and perhaps a muscle relaxer. Don't worry, I'm sure you'll be well taken cared of.
  • Yes also I would say Drs prefrence. In some cases they will ask you what you prefer and what works better.
    Also depends on how many levels your having done.
    I had one level and just got meds every 4hrs through my IV seemed to work well
    I went home in 36 hrs after I was able to get a shake down me.. Plus able to get oral meds down ok.
    The only pain I had was spasms in my throat, and burning in my shoulders. The incision was a bit sore, but nothing not tolerable.
    Again depends on the patient.

    I want to wish you the very best luck with your surgery!!
    Terri :)
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