According to Johnson Becker, one of the scariest words you can ever hear is your doctor telling you that you’re going to be operated on. It is not strange that people often link the severity of an illness with the procedure involved, and once we hear that we need to be operated on, we often fear the worst. The procedure in itself is scary, but the nagging doubt that the surgery may not even be sufficient to cure the ailment is probably even worse.
For Johnson Becker, a law firm that deals with cases involving personal injuries from drugs, medical devices, construction and automobile accidents, and defective products, as well as workers’ compensation and disability claims, handling the whole surgery ordeal can go a lot better if you know what you are up against.
Johnson Becker’s portfolio is an impressive one, as they have represented thousands of clients already in need of assistance as a result of personal injury arising from faulty medical devices and dangerous drugs. They have a strong track record in Minnesota, having had their attorneys named as Minnesota Super Lawyers for seven years ongoing (although non-consecutively). Johnson Becker is remarkably dogged in its pursuit of justice for each and every client that hires the firm. They believe strongly that consent is compulsory before settlements can be negotiated, and they prepare thoroughly for their cases, a factor which affords them their high success rate.
Johnson Becker says that it is logical to prepare for post-surgery pain. However, how bad is the pain going to be?
Johnson Becker: The Good News and Bad News about Pain
The bad news first: pain is almost always a given for most kinds of surgery. The good news, however, is that most pain can be kept under control using specialized and super-effective medication. Specialists say that well-controlled pain brings a boost to the recovery process.
Johnson Becker advises people going in for a surgical procedure to have as much discussions as possible with their doctors before their procedure. The benefit of such discussions lies in the help and advice to be provided by a medical professional.
Be Prepared Before Your Surgery
According to Michael Dubois, MD at the NYU School of Medicine, the best time to talk with your anesthesiologist and your doctor about the level of pain you should expect is before the surgery. Not during, not after.
So, what should you discuss with your doctor before finally going in? Here are some things you should cover:
1. Let your doctor know everything you've taken
He needs to know about all the supplements, the prescription drugs, medication you’ve bought over the counter, and everything else so he can prescribe medication that won‘t give you adverse side-effects and cause dangerous drug interactions.
2. Ask him how much pain you should expect, and for how long it should last
Even though we react to pain differently, there is at least a certain average pain expectation for various kinds of surgeries. Johnson Becker lawyers note that experts have observed that people who are recuperating from back surgery usually experience a lot of muscle spasms. Surgery on the abdomen usually elicits pain and cramps in the stomach as the bowels adjust to the procedure.
This is why it is great to know the kind of surgery you are undergoing and the expected duration of the pain. Being prepared for whatever’s coming has a psychological effect on you, Johnson Becker observes, since it helps you relax and feel less anxious about the outcome. Furthermore, if you find that your pain level lasts for longer or is more severe than your doctor promised, you can quickly contact him to let him know something is possibly amiss.
3. Learn about pain medication, their side effects and how you can make things easier
In the course of years of litigation, Johnson Becker has picked up on the effects of opioids on people. Opioids, which are a category of pain medication used for people recovering from a surgery, come with their range of side effects. Apart from the usual drowsiness and sedation, there is nausea to deal with; constipation and urinary retention – and these trigger other side effects that further prolong the healing process.
Johnson Becker advises people recovering from pain after surgery to remain positive, keep the channel of communication between them and their doctors open and notify the doctor when they notice anything unexpected or unpredictable.