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How can I manage pain after anorectal surgery?

Your pain management in the hospital after an anorectal surgery will consist of regional anesthesia (spinal or epidural), local anesthesia (anesthetic injected in and near the operative site), as well as oral pain medicines. You will be discharged with a prescription for pain medicine, which may be a narcotic, an anti-inflammatory agent, and perhaps metronidazole (Flagyl), an antibiotic that may minimize pain. It is important that you follow your physician's instructions for pain control and that you prevent becoming constipated. If you do not have a bowel movement within 3 days following your operation, you should call your physician's office for further recommendations. Sitz baths help reduce rectal spasms and allow cleansing of the area.

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