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Post surgical pain treatment
Alternative namesTreatment - post surgery
Studies show that patients who use pain medication (such as narcotics) early and aggressively after surgery have shorter hospital stays, suffer fewer chronic-pain problems later, and actually end up using fewer painkillers overall than those who avoid pain medication.
There is some evidence that extreme suffering from pain can weaken your body's immune system. The risk of addiction to pain medication has been shown to be extremely low in patients using such medications for post-operative pain.
Update Date: 10/29/2003Jeffrey Everett, M.D., Department of Surgery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT