Knee Surgery Post-Op

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Pain Control

Post Operatively your femoral block should work well at helping to reduce pain for the first 10 to 12 hours.  Don't wait, however,  until the block has completely worn off before starting your pain medicine.

You have two Medications for pain:

Unfortunately both medications share the same generic name “Oxycodone”.  The way to differentiate between the two medications is by the labeled instructions on the bottle. The bottle containing the OxyContin, advises the medication may be taken every12 hours as needed whereas the Percocet  label notes the medication may be taken every three to four hours as needed.

As a General Rule start the OxyContin the evening of your surgery and continue taking one pill every 12 hours for the next 48 hours.  If  the OxyContin is not sufficient  you may supplement it with one or two Percocets  every three to four hours as needed.  Within 48 to 72 hours  OxyContin is generally no longer required.  At that point continue  the Percocet as needed. 

If  the patient is 15 years old or younger, or under a 145 lbs,  Percocet alone will frequently be sufficient for pain relief,   Oxycontin can always be added if needed.

Remember, all pain medications are extremely constipating.  Take the prescribed Senacot at least for the first  four days, and stop pain medication as soon as reasonable.

Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns. 

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This information is provided by Orthopedic Spine and Sport Medicine Center as basic information about a specific orthopedic topic. It is not intended as a personal reply to your specific questions or concerns. It is hoped that the contents of this instruction will help you understand the nature of your orthopedic problem and the possibilities of treatment. The final decision regarding treatment, however, must take into account the possibilities of outcomes and complications and should be made only after consideration and further discussion with your physician. For more information, please contact Orthopedic Spine and Sports Medicine Center at 201-587-1111.



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