Anesthesia for Pain Treatment
There are several options for pain relief after surgery:
Intravenous or Intramuscular Medications: Pain-relieving medications that are injected into a vein or muscle will help you to relieve but may not it reduce pain completely. These medications are usually prescribed by your surgeon.
Oral Medications: Pain-relieving medications taken by mouth help to alleviate pain. They are usually taken every 5-6 hours. The pain relief usually lasts longer than with IV medications. These medications are prescribed by your surgeon after you are able to eat and drink regularly.
Possible side effects from the medications used for pain relief after surgery:
The two commonly used types of medications are opioids (narcotics) and local anesthetics. In normal doses, narcotics may cause constipation, itching, nausea and drowsiness. Local anesthetics may cause some numbness or, heaviness. There will be some difficulty with weight-bearing on the blocked leg afterwards, and patients should take care not to fall; however, the pain control lasts longer.