Pain management is important for your recovery. At some point everyone experiences pain. Most pain can be controlled. Good pain management helps patients to feel better and improves recovery. We want to make your stay in the hospital as pain-free as possible.
When you feel less pain, you will be able to:
- Feel more comfortable while you heal
- Begin activities that are important for your recovery such as: Deep breathing and coughing, Moving about in bed, Sitting up in a chair, Walking
- Pills or liquid
- Transdermally (through the skin to the bloodstream)
- Rectal suppository
- Injection (needle)
- Injection of drugs into a vein through an intravenous (I.V.)
- Regional block (use of medicine to temporarily freeze major nerves)
Intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA)
- Allows you to give your own small, but frequent safe and effective doses of pain medication, when you need it.
- You can push the button before activities that you anticipate to be more painful.
- It is important for your safety that only you push your PCA button. Family and friends are not allowed to do so.
- Used to manage pain after major chest surgery, abdominal surgery or lower limb/joint replacement surgery.
- A small plastic tube is placed in your back before the start of your anesthetic or during your surgery.
- Local anesthetics and other medications are given through the tube to provide pain relief in the area of surgery.
- Involves giving local anesthetic as a single injection or placing a soft plastic tube near the nerves that carry pain signals.