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Post-Surgical Pain

Some pain after surgery is considered normal. Prior to surgery, you may have been given an idea of what to expect, which can help you determine when post-surgical pain requires attention. Management of pain after surgery depends on the type of surgery involved and whether or not it was an invasive or minimally invasive procedure. Since pain is highly subjective, treatment will be based on what you’re experiencing and how pain is affecting your daily life.

Causes

Cutting of the skin, regardless of the type of surgery involved, stimulates nerves to send pain signals to the brain. How long the initial pain from the procedure lasts, which is part of the healing process, depends on factors such as your overall health and whether or not you have any preexisting conditions that may slow healing or contribute to ongoing pain.

Pain after surgery may be the result of complications from infections or improper wound healing. It’s also possible that the surgery itself may cause inflammation, which is usually temporary. Nerve damage can be another contributing factor, or even the primary cause of, post-surgical pain. It’s rare that a cause of post-surgical pain can’t be identified, although successful management of symptoms is still possible.

Symptoms

Identifying post-surgical pain that’s out of the ordinary starts with knowing what you should expect after your procedure. If you experience pain that’s not going away after a few weeks, check with your surgeon or regular doctor to rule out any issues requiring immediate attention.

In some cases, your original symptoms may appear to be under control and return after you’re off of any temporary medications you were prescribed. Recurring pain symptoms following surgery that may be addressed with pain management techniques include:

  • General discomfort that gets worse
  • Muscle weakness or soreness
  • Pain in a different location than the surgery site
  • Return of previous pain symptoms the surgery was meant to correct or minimize
  • Redness, swelling, or tenderness related to inflammation

Treatments

Treatment for recurring pain following surgery starts with eliminating any serious issues from the surgery itself. A new attempt will be made to verify the original diagnosis or make a new diagnosis based on new test results. Computerized testing, for instance, may be recommended as part of the process of finding the source of post-surgical pain.

Post-surgical pain may be the result of psychological issues that were never fully addressed prior to surgery, with treatment typically involving stress management and relaxation techniques. A personalized approach to physical therapy may minimize pain after surgery. For surgery that was meant to address chronic pain that you’re still experiencing, treatment options include:

  • Medication adjustments
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Acupuncture or massage therapy

Management of post-surgical pain can be temporary or ongoing, depending on the nature of the discomfort. In situations where surgery has failed to correct the true source of the pain, as is sometimes the case with back surgery, effective pain management may eliminate the need to consider another procedure.

If you are experiencing pain after a recent surgery, contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to receive the relief you need.

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Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accomodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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