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Prescribing of Opiods for Post-operative Pain

As part of your procedure you will be prescribed an opiod pain medication to alleviate the pain that is associated with your surgical procedure. These medications, while helpful, also have significant side effects. In addition to the nausea, itching , and sedation that these medications can give acutely, they are highly addictive. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as your States’ Department of Medicine, mandate that these medications only be provided in the post-operative setting. The practice of good medicine mandates that these not be used longer than necessary for the use of post-operative pain to help to avoid long term dependence and addiction. Dr Klimkiewicz will provide pain medication no longer than 8 weeks after your procedure to avoid their addictive tendencies. If necessary beyond this timeframe , arrangements will need to be made to consult a chronic pain management specialist in order to avoid the negative consequences that dependency causes.