| | Post-Op Surprise, Total vag hysterect
I recently had a total vaginal hysterectomy, perineoplasty with mesh for rectocele, and vaginal suspension. I was assurred I would have a PCA for pain control for the first 8 hours or so post-op; I had a general anesthesia. I woke up in the recovery room with significant pain, and was given fentanyl through my IV, with good control; however, about 1-1/2 hours later I was switched to 5-10 mg percocet by mouth every 6 hours prn...
The pain was a 5-7/10, lower back, lower abdomen, peri area; it got as low as 2-3/10 very briefly. That was a very long, painful night.
Would like feedback from anyone who might have had a different experience with pain control post-op with this type of surgery. I was expecting a better-managed acute phase, post-op. The nurses told me this particular MD never uses PCAs, so I'm wondering if it's just a peculiarity with this MD or if it's common not to use IV pain management for this surgery. post-op.
I learned a big lesson: if I ever need to have surgery again, I will ask the surgeon specifically how he/she plans to manage the post-op pain! I never thought I'd have to ask!