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What does it mean if I have pain after my surgery?

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Almost everyone has some pain after surgery. How much will depend on what surgery you had and how healthy you were before the procedure.

There are lots of ways to ease your pain. Don't tough it out. Talk to your doctor before your surgery about your options and what's best for you.

When your pain is well-controlled, you'll be more willing to move again, and that's key to getting back to your daily routine. You'll also be also less likely to have complications like blood clots or pneumonia.

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "After Surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "What You Need to Know About Pain Control After Surgery."

American Society of Anesthesiologists: "Effects of Anesthesia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Atelectasis?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Atelectasis?" "How Is Atelectasis Treated?"

CDC: "FAQs About Surgical Site Infections."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Surgical Site Infections."

Torpy, J.M. , published online June 23, 2010. Journal of the American Medical Association

Darrah, D.M. , published online September 27, 2009. Anesthesiology Clinics

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis," "Preventing Blood Clots After Orthopaedic Surgery."

Merck Manual: "Surgery."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "After Surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "What You Need to Know About Pain Control After Surgery."

American Society of Anesthesiologists: "Effects of Anesthesia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Atelectasis?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Atelectasis?" "How Is Atelectasis Treated?"

CDC: "FAQs About Surgical Site Infections."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Surgical Site Infections."

Torpy, J.M. , published online June 23, 2010. Journal of the American Medical Association

Darrah, D.M. , published online September 27, 2009. Anesthesiology Clinics

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis," "Preventing Blood Clots After Orthopaedic Surgery."

Merck Manual: "Surgery."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 14, 2020

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