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How is pain managed after spine surgery?

Some pain after spine surgery is normal. The nursing staff will assist you in keeping your pain at a tolerable level. You will be asked to use a pain scale to rate your pain with zero being no pain and 10 being the most pain you've ever experienced. This scale assists the nursing staff in knowing how best to manage your pain.

Some of the pain relief options after surgery may include a patient-controlled analgesic (PCA). This is a button that you push when you experience an increase in your pain. This button delivers a set amount of pain medication through your intravenous (IV) line. The nurse may administer pain medication directly through your IV. You may take oral pain medication.

The pain scale also assists the nurses in knowing how effective the intervention for your pain has been. If your pain has gone from five to three after receiving pain medication or an intervention, then they know the intervention is working for you. If there is no decrease in your pain, then a different intervention may be needed.

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