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How will my pain be managed after adrenal gland surgery?

A number of options are available for controlling pain after adrenal gland surgery. Patients that have had laparoscopic surgery typically have less pain post-operatively and can usually be managed with non-narcotic pain medications (such as acetaminophen [Tylenol] and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication [ibuprofen]). For breakthrough pain, narcotics in pill form (such as codeine) may be used when necessary. Patients that have had open adrenal surgery have significantly more pain after surgery and require better pain control methods. Epidurals may be used for the first few days post-operatively. Intravenous narcotics (such as morphine or fentanyl) are typically used. Often these intravenous narcotics are given via a patient controlled anesthesia (PCA) delivery system. This system is an IV pump with a button that the patient can push to get pain medication when needed. As the patient is able to eat and the pain is under generally good control, intravenous medications will be changed to oral pain medications.

 

 

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