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Some of you spoke about the pain after the surgery. I don't understand. Why didn't the doctors give appropriate pain killers. I had a cesarean after my daughter (21 years ago) and I did not have any discomfort because I had pain medications. Is there some reason why they can not give enough for the bariatric patient to be comfortable? Are some doctors/ hospitals more understanding of this than others?

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There is no way to completely eliminate pain following a major surgery. It's a huge trauma to the body and the goal of post-surgery pain medication is to help bring pain down to tolerable levels.

Additionally, with the current opioid/addiction issues so many areas in the country are grappling with, there has been a move across the board to decrease the amount of narcotics being prescribed for everyone. 21 years ago, prescribers used a very different set of standards to decide what pain meds to give and in what doses.




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I had my surgery in Mexico. I think they must have some regulations regarding narcotic pain meds, (or maybe they are more expensive?) because I think they gave me something the first night after many tears and discomfort. The next day I had to suck it up, they put me on ketorolac. I've had a few surgeries in the U.S., they usually have you pretty gorked for the first 24-48 hours, then send you home with a narcotic pain reliever. It was a bit of a surprise, but after day 2 the pain was really minimal.

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I had surgery on MX with Dr. Illan. I had ZERO pain. The nurses were in every hour giving me something. After leaving the hospital, I never used a pain medicine, even though they gave me ketorolac.

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I received pain medication through the iv after surgery I was drowsy most of the day and evening but was clear headed once that gas pain hit my body.

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I'd equate it more to discomfort than pain. I wasn't given any IV pain meds post op, but had the option to take liquid codeine if I wanted to. I used it sparingly in the first week (not even once a day) and disposed of it at a pharmacy after that.

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I was given adequate pain medicine, but still bending (to get out of bed/chair), coughing, sneezing, etc caused much pain. Not to mention gagging on the multivitamin!!


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Hello, I had my surgery 9 days ago. I think it is correct to say that I wasn't in pain but more like the pain you feel in your side after running. It wasn't too bad, but it was there for about 2 days.

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