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Morristown Medical Center: The Patient Experience
Morristown Medical Center
The amount of pain after surgery varies from person to person, and each person experiences pain differently. The most important thing to know is that we want to help you manage the pain you are experiencing and assist you in being comfortable. Being in pain can interfere with your recovery, so it is important that your pain be kept at a tolerable level.
Tell us where and when it hurts. It is best to let your physicians and nurses know as soon as your pain begins. If you wait, the pain can get worse and become difficult to manage effectively.
Tell us how much it hurts. The “Pain Scale” we use is a 0-to-10-point scale to help you measure your pain. The nurse will ask you to rate your pain using 0 (no pain) to 10 (the worst pain you have ever experienced). There are no right or wrong answers. The scale assists us in determining how much pain you are having and how much relief you have obtained from medication and other techniques.
Some patients may feel nauseous from some of the medications used while in surgery. This is common and can be controlled. Let your nurse know as soon as you feel even the slightest amount of nausea. The nurse will give you medication to ease the nausea. Do not try to “hold out,” as it will be more difficult to ease the nausea.
Coughing and deep breathing
This helps you clear your lungs and can prevent pneumonia (a serious illness). You may be given an incentive spirometer, a breathing tool to assist you in taking deep breaths. When coughing, splint the surgical area with your pillow, if possible.
Turning and exercising your legs
Turning and exercising your legs and arms (when your surgeon gives you permission) will aid in blood flow and body functions. A member of our staff will instruct you on these simple exercises that help breathing and movement.
Eating as part of your recovery
A healthy diet helps your body heal. Surgery puts an extra strain on your body and may slow digestion. When your surgeon gives you permission to start eating, our staff will help you slowly ease back into a normal diet.