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Pain after an operation

Also known as Postoperative Pain

Pain is an unpleasant feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli, such as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, putting alcohol on a cut, and bumping the "funny bone". The International Association for the Study of Pain's widely used definition states: "Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage."

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with pain after an operation, 68% report having sharp abdominal pain, 64% report having back pain, and 61% report having sharp chest pain.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with pain after an operation often receive radiographic imaging procedure, hematologic tests, complete blood count, plain x-ray, intravenous fluid replacement, kidney function tests, urinalysis and glucose measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with pain after an operation include orphenadrine (flexon), butorphanol (stadol), dimenhydrinate (dramamine), chlorzoxazone, lipase, acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine / pseudoephedrine, methotrimeprazine, lyme disease vaccine, ibuprofen / oxycodone, isoxsuprine, cephapirin, carbetapentane / pseudoephedrine and hydrochlorothiazide / reserpine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for pain after an operation include age 30-44 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get pain after an operation.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.4x
15-29 years
1.3x
30-44 years
1.6x
45-59 years
1.2x
60-74 years
0.8x
75+ years
0.6x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.1x
Other
0.7x
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