I take percocet almost daily for my back now. I am pretty tolerant to other pain. Having teeth pulled or breaking my hand for example hurt less than my back and needed no extra meds. I've never had surgery so don't know what to expect. I just don't want to end up stuck at home eating them like candy because they are too weak. Thanks in advance for any answers.
Percocet typically is effective for post-op pain control; but in your case, I would be sure to advise your surgeon in advance that it is already a part of your regimen- specifically the quantity and strength and duration of use. Express your concern about the post-op pain control because of this. The surgeon should be able to make a decision on whether to give you a higher strength percocet, or a different medication altogether. He may even want to speak with your referring physician with regards to this- so offer that contact information to the surgeon (of course, most likely, he/she has that already). Between the three of you, an effective pain control option can be achieved. Best of luck on your surgery and recooperation...
I agree with the other answer. You need to make sure that the surgeon knows that you have been on this medication for a while and the dose that you have been taking. He may very well increase the dose and time between dosages while you are recovering from your surgery. Then when you no longer need the larger dose you should be able to go back to your normal dosing schedule/routine.
If you have been on this long term then it might not help too well after surgery. But maybe Percocet added with an anti-inflammatory will help wonders. I just had knee surgery and had the same issue, but I added the anti-inflammatory and it helps ALOT... Hope this helps:)
- Percocet Information for Consumers
- Percocet Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Percocet (detailed)
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