An Overview of Post-Surgical Pain
Countless individuals undergo surgery each year in the East Texas area to relieve chronic pain and other troublesome symptoms associated with an injury or health condition. Even though many surgical procedures are performed to alleviate ongoing and persistent pain, post-surgical pain is a big concern for many individuals. The Tyler, Texas pain management physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler are available to assist patients who are experiencing post-surgical pain after rehabilitation efforts with their surgical team, as well as patients who have developed chronic pain after surgery.
Post-surgical pain is very common and should be expected after any procedure. The main cause of pain after surgery is the cutting of skin. Cutting the skin stimulates nerve fibers that send pain signals to the brain. Pain after surgery may also be caused by a more serious surgery complication such as an infection, a break in the wound or improper healing.
Post-surgical pain may be described as dull, stabbing or sharp. The pain level may intensify with rest, activities or certain movements. Certain patients may even experience radiating pain, or pain that moves from one location to another.
All patients should contact the original surgeon immediately if there is an increase in pain, pain cannot be controlled with prescribed medications, pain in the chest develops, any sign of infection develops or if fever, vomiting or bleeding is present. If the surgeon is not able to control pain after surgery, a pain management physician may be able to help since they are specially trained in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of both acute and chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Conditions may Complicate Post-Surgery Pain Management
Certain pre-existing medical conditions, such as a chronic pain condition, have the possibility of complicating post-surgery pain management efforts.
Patients affected by a chronic pain condition often experience higher pain levels than an otherwise healthy patient because they are feeling pain that has been present for months or years, as well as pain associated with the surgical procedure. Also, patients suffering from chronic pain often take medications on a regular basis. Long-term use of pain medications can lead to medication tolerance over an extended period of time. The intolerance makes post-surgical pain more difficult to manage in many cases.
Many patients suffering from a chronic pain condition often request the surgeon and pain management specialist coordinate before surgery, as well as communicate during the entire rehabilitation process in order to keep the pain level manageable and tolerable.
For more resources on post-surgical pain, or to discuss the development of chronic pain after surgery, please contact the Tyler, Texas pain management physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.