Part of keeping you as comfortable as possible includes a quiet, dimly lit room to help you to rest and recover more quickly. Other aspects include helping to manage your pain effectively, and ensuring you and your family have everything you need.
Even with pain medication, expect to have some pain after surgery. Remember, each person’s response to pain is different. Our goal is help you manage your pain in the best possible way.
Your nurse will ask you to rate your pain level on a scale of 0 to 10.
When your pain level is higher than your goal, use your call light to ask your nurse for additional pain medication. You may receive medication in one or more of the following ways:
Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Pump
A pump with pain medication is attached to your IV line. A certain amount of medicine is given when you push the button. It is very important your family knows that only you should push the PCA button.
A nurse prepares medication in a syringe and gives it through your IV. Not all medication can be given this way.
A nurse prepares the medication in a syringe with a needle and injects it into a muscle (usually in the hip).
Pills are given by mouth. Your nurse must give you all medications while you are in the hospital. DO NOT take your own “home” medications during your hospital stay.
Tell your nurse if you experience any side effects from your pain medicine, including nausea or itching.
In addition to pain medicine, pain may be relieved by changing position, massage, walking, deep breathing, daydreaming about pleasant things and listening to music.
During recovery, even small tasks can sometimes be difficult. While you are staying at Woman’s, we’ll lend a hand for basic tasks, such as:
- Turning in bed
- Sitting in a chair
- Deep breathing exercises
Severe pain can keep you from doing these activities, so we encourage you to ask for pain medicine when you need it.
Hygiene is another important aspect of your recovery. To prevent infection, be sure to:
- Wash your hands before and after you touch your incision.
- Clean your genital area after you go to the bathroom by wiping from front to back.
- Wash your hands after you use the bathroom.
- Ask all guests in your room to wash their hands upon entering.