Pain Management After Spine Surgery | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Pain Management After Spine Surgery

Norton Leatherman Spine approaches pain management carefully. Here’s what to expect in the hospital and once you get home.

What to Expect

  • You will have pain after surgery, and the nurses and doctors will do their best to help you manage it. While you are in the hospital, you will still have some pain even though you will be given medicine.
  • Your doctors and nurses will tell you what medicines you can take to lessen the pain, including pain pills and muscle relaxers, and how often you are allowed to take them.
  • Your doctor decides how much medicine you can take safely, and how often it can be given safely.
  • Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication while you are in the hospital and when you go home.
  • You will get IV pain medication immediately after surgery in the recovery room. As soon as possible you will start taking pain pills and muscle relaxers.
  • While you are in the hospital your nurses will ask you to rate your pain with a number from 1 to 10. Because you have had surgery and have an incision, we may not be able to take away all of your pain.
  • Even if you still have pain, you will need to move around in bed, sit up for meals, walk in the hall and do your physical therapy. This will help you get better faster.
  • Whether your stay is overnight or a few days, you will still have some pain when you go home. Remember, pain medications take time to work (at least 20 minutes).
  • It is important to take your pain medication and muscle relaxers exactly as your doctors prescribe. Pain medication side effects include slowing down your breathing and making you sleepy, so do not take more medication than your doctors prescribed. If you overuse your medicine, you may not be able to have your prescription refilled.
  • In addition to taking medicine, you may try to lessen your pain by listening to music, meditating, deep breathing and changing position.

Controlling Your Pain

Pain control measures can help with your comfort as you recover. Fear and anxiety turn up the volume on the pain alarm, making pain seem worse. If you know what to expect, you’ll feel less afraid and more in control. This helps make pain a little easier to handle.

Exercise, mind/body therapies (such as meditation and deep breathing) and medications are a few methods for controlling pain. After surgery, medications will be used as the primary method of pain control.

Pain Control During Your Hospital Stay

Your nurses in the hospital will ask you to rate your pain using a pain scale. The scale lets you rank your pain and describe it to others. It ranges from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst possible pain).

Making It Easy to Get Back to Your Life

  • With six Norton Leatherman Spine locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana, we have specialists near you.
  • We use minimally invasive procedures that can reduce recovery time and the risk of complications.
  • Sophisticated pain management aims to keep you comfortable and safe.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

About Norton Leatherman Spine

Norton Leatherman Spine in Louisville and Southern Indiana offers world-class care from surgeons who are recognized nationally and internationally for their innovation, expertise and skill. Norton Leatherman Spine is one of the premier research and education programs in the United States for spinal surgeons.

Our rich history traces back to Kenton D. Leatherman, M.D., who more than 50 years ago became the first orthopedic surgeon in Kentucky to specialize in spine care. A University of Louisville School of Medicine graduate, he developed leading-edge approaches to treating scoliosis after World War II.

  • The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Leatherman Spine are among the most experienced in the country, treating conditions like yours for an average of 20 years.
  • We have orthopedic spine surgeons providing care from our offices in downtown and suburban Louisville and in surrounding counties.
  • Our physicians pinpoint your diagnosis to come up with the right treatment plan, including surgical and nonsurgical options as appropriate.
  • We offer minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures that carry less risk and can speed your recovery. Norton Leatherman Spine surgeons are actively involved in the development of next-generation minimally invasive technologies.
  • The physicians at Norton Leatherman Spine are leaders in their field and train the next generation of specialists. More than 100 of the leading spine surgeons practicing throughout the U.S. today were trained at Norton Leatherman Spine.
  • Techniques developed at Norton Leatherman Spine have produced better outcomes for patients, with fewer side effects, and are routinely performed around the world today.
  • Our team performs more than 4,000 surgeries a year, and patients come to our providers more than 30,000 times a year.
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