Originally Posted by sachin_patel
what is the level of pain after surgery? I read a lot of threads where people complain about unbearable pain..
When I immediately awoke from surgery, the pain was severe. My moaning and writhing prompted the nurse to administer a pain med into my IV. So, severe pain lasted for me about 1 minute! From then, I took regular doses of hydrocodone for the next few days, and pain was mostly absent. After that, I took the pain med mostly at night. At the end of the week I no longer needed it at all.
I purchased a DonJoy cold water therapy machine, which I wore (at a safe temperature) almost continuously for the first few days. That helped a lot with pain. I used it for about three weeks. I highly recommend using a cold water therapy device.