Post Operative Pain Relief
Your Anaesthetist will ensure that your recovery following surgery is as comfortable as possible. The Anaesthetists at Southern Anaesthetics are all highly trained and experienced, not only in the provision of safe anaesthesia during your surgery, but also in using medications and sophisticated techniques so that any discomfort following surgery is minimised.
For any patient undergoing surgery, an appropriate strategy to manage any discomfort will be individualised by your Anaesthetist. In many cases you will have several different options explained to you, and together with your Anaesthetist you can make the choice of the technique that best suits your particular circumstance.
Some of the different options are listed below. These range from simple oral analgesics through to very sophisticated techniques. Do not hesitate to ask your Anaesthetist if there is anything that you are unsure about, however it is our aim to ensure that you are comfortable following your surgery regardless of the type of procedure you have undergone.
- Simple Oral Analgesics: such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatories
- Prescribed Analgesics: these include opioids such as codeine, morphine, pethidine and tramadol
- Subcutaneous Injections: Local anaesthetics are effective for severe pain and they reduce the need for other pain relief drugs
- Patient Controlled Analgesia: there will be a pump attached to an intravenous (IV) cannula in your vein. Your Anaesthetist will order the amount of pain medicine delivered by the PCA and when you start to feel uncomfortable you press a button attached to the PCA pump. The pump then injects the prescribed dose of the medicine into the IV cannula
- Spinal (Intrathecal) morphine: (Spinal Anaesthesia)
- Epidural Analgesia: Pain medicines (often a mixture of local anaesthetic and opioids) can be given through a small tube placed in your back and into the epidural space (Epidural Anaesthesia)
- Nerve Blocks