Patients usually remain in the hospital for one day after a minimally invasive SI fusion surgery. Postoperative pain control will be achieved with the use of IV pain medication, epidural pain medication, and/or oral pain medications. Patients are discharged home on oral pain medication. Patients begin a physical therapy program in the hospital and will use crutches or a cane to walk for several weeks after surgery. The physical therapist works with the patient to learn how to get out of bed and walk safely with crutches. Patients need to be comfortable with walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of bed before going home. The final goal is to make sure the gastrointestinal and urinary systems are working appropriately. Patients must be able to eat a regular meal and urinate without difficulty prior to leaving the hospital. Make sure you understand your post-operative plan before your surgery date.
My concern is my options for pain relief are limited due to my insurance coverage (MediCare/MediCal) and my question is this., if the medications I am on right now which do work (morphine 60 mgs every 12 hours and oxycodone 10 mg (2/day) work and they can't find anything else that does work, both the pain management doctor and my primary care doctor don't want me on these meds long term but I talked to a friend who is also a pharmacist and suffers from RA and she said I need to get a second opinion from a different pain management doctor because I have every right to be on these pain meds if they work. I'm not sure, however, what to ask when I phone the doctor's office so I don't make a series of visits to different doctors only to find the same attitude in these doctors as well. I am not abusing my meds and I discussed this with my friend (the pharmacist). She said she sees a lot of people who are addicted coming to the pharmacy trying all kinds of tricks to get the pain med they are addicted to and she sees no evidence of that in me. I am scared. I was in so much pain before I got put on these meds and I hope they do find something else that works as well but if they take me off these meds and I go back to the way I was, I will be bed ridden and have to have home health care on a permanent basis and I'm only 58 years old. Any suggestions on the best way to handle this.