Surgery Guide - RPTHR
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Pain Medication


  • Take your pain medication as prescribed, but expect to use less after the first week or so.
  • Take your pain medication before the pain becomes severe. Use cold therapy and other measures to help reduce discomfort.
  • If your pain medication seems weak or you are experiencing unpleasant side effects, do not hesitate to call your surgeon’s office.
  • If you are taking pain medication, avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • It is important to notify your team if you require additional pain medications. The surgeon and nurse practitioners will customize your plan to meet your needs. Call the surgeon’s office before your supply runs too low, 1 to 3 days before you are likely to run out. No medications will be refilled on weekends.