After a major surgical procedure, your post-op care is essential to your recovery process. Your health care provider has your best interest in mind, when he or she prescribes your recovery plan. The recovery plan will include many phases. There is no typical post-op recovery process, because everyone is different. Some people have a higher tolerance level for pain, while others might heal quickly and may be up and around faster. Others make take a little longer to start to feel strong again. A lot has to do with how good you fitness level was before your surgery. Either way, the goal for most post-op patients is to get moving, as quickly as possible. This may mean sitting up in bed or short stints, walking down the hospital hallways.
What Causes the Pain?
With a major surgery, pain comes from damage to the nerves, skin and muscles, during the surgical procedure. The amount of pain can vary based on what type of surgical procedure was performed. A major hysterectomy is a quite invasive operation, which requires a large incision to be made in the abdomen region. Because of the type of incision, there is a long recovery period, for most patients. A less invasive procedure, like a Da Vinci Hysterectomy, where the incisions are minimal, means your recovery time can be faster. But whichever type of procedure you have, there is still a recovery period before you can return to your normal life.
Pain Medication is Part of Post-op Care
Pain medication is part of most patients post-op care. The medication is used to help patients manage their pain level, but may not entirely eliminate the pain. There are several types of medication that can be prescribed. Pain medication is delivered in a number of ways. Here are a few of the most common types of pain medication.
- Oral Medication – Either in pill or liquid form.
- Epidural Medication – Delivered through a catheter, intravenously in the spinal cord region.
- PCA or (patient-controlled analgesia) – Delivered via a pump, intravenously. The patient controls when the dosages are administered. There are controls in place to prevent overdosing. This is a common delivery method and keeps the patient from being in too much pain ,before receiving medication.
- Nerve blockers – Used for short term pain relief. Nerve blockers prevent the brain from receiving pain signals from the nerves.