Pain is one of the most common side effects of surgery, and managing pain is essential to helping patients get back to their normal activities. That’s why we developed the Advanced Surgical Recovery Program (ASURE), which designed to help patients recover more quickly from surgery with fewer complications. ASURE is intended to help manage pain during and after surgery. The enhanced recovery methods used in ASURE are designed to reduce the amount of narcotics used in post-surgical care and help patients resume their everyday lives. Learn more about ASURE.
The most important thing you can do is talk openly with your oncologist and your loved ones about any pain you are experiencing. Everyone experiences pain differently. None of us can read minds, and it is important to share how you are feeling so your health care team can take action to help. If you have fears about becoming addicted, or that the medicines will stop working, express those fears. If you are concerned about the cost of pain medications, tell your oncologist. If you feel you are burdening your loved ones talking about your pain, know that it is important for them to understand what you are going through. Your loved ones will be able to support you the best if they understand you aren’t feeling well – and can encourage you to seek out the pain relief you deserve.