Pain therapy - Don't be afraid of pain!

The idea of ​​having an operation is often associated with fear of pain after the operation or even with previous painful experiences. Good pain therapy, however, creates the best conditions for rapid recovery and early mobilization. The elimination of pain begins with the induction of anaesthesia and is continued intra- and post-operatively. In the first few hours after the operation, the analgesic medication in the intensive care unit or in the PACU will be administered intravenously by the medical staff taking care of you. As soon as you are awake and responsive, you will receive pain therapy individually tailored to you, based on our established protocols.

Usually, this starts with a combination of different pain relievers, taken regularly on a schedule. Additionally, depending on your individual needs, you can receive further pain medication if you need them.

In order to be able to precisely adjust the need for pain medication, you will be asked to estimate the severity of your pain with the help of a pain scale. This so-called pain measurement is carried out by the nursing staff or during pain ward rounds and also every time after the administration of pain medication, to check its effect. With this pain measurement / pain recording, the pain at rest and movement is determined. Movement such as getting up or coughing often has a pain-intensifying effect, especially after surgery. An important goal of pain management is to avoid guarding posture and to achieve early mobilization.

Especially if there are still drains in the operating area, complete freedom from discomfort (corresponding to a value of 0 on the scale below) cannot be achieved.

Don't be afraid of pain!

A realistically achievable value on the pain scale with good and adequate pain control is 2–3; above a value of 4, there is a need for intervention.

Please make sure to let us know if you are in pain!

You are the best judge of your pain, and your perception of pain is our benchmark. We will respond to your pain individually by asking you to grade the severity of pain on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means no pain and 10 corresponds to the strongest imaginable pain.

Nobody can guarantee absolute freedom from discomfort after an operation, but we won’t be satisfied until you are.