Post-Operative Medications

Medication

During your pre-operative visit at Plancher Orthopedics, we will provide you with prescriptions for three medications that you will take after surgery. Follow all the instructions on the label. Inform your doctor of any medications you are currently taking.

Non-Steriodal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Begin taking NSAIDs on the day you are discharged from the hospital. This medication helps reduce pain and swelling. It has to be taken regularly for a period of 12 weeks following surgery. While taking NSAIDs, make sure not to take IBUPROFEN, ADVIL, MOTRIN, or ALEVE to avoid a double dose. If you need an over-the-counter pain reliever while taking an NSAID, use acetaminophen. Patients who are allergic to aspirin or have an active stomach/ulcer problem should not take anti-inflammatory medications.

Antibiotics

Start taking antibiotics when you are discharged from the hospital. These medications prevent post-operative infection. Follow the instructions and take the antibiotics for a week or the full term of the prescription. Taking the full prescription is important not only for effective treatment, but also to decrease the chances of developing resistance to the antibiotic later on. Antibiotics remove both good and bad bacteria from your stomach, changing the stomach’s normal balance and causing diarrhea. To restore good bacteria in the stomach, eat yogurt or take yogurt tablets. Women who are taking oral contraceptives and antibiotics simultaneously are advised to utilize a back-up birth control method for the rest of their current menstrual cycle because antibiotics can affect the efficacy of oral contraceptives. Women may also experience yeast infections due to antibiotic therapy. If this happens, OTC medications can be used to treat the infection. The patient may also contact the nurse for the administration of a single-dose oral medication.

Pain Reliever

This medication should only be taken as needed for pain. You may take pain relievers as soon as you arrive home from surgery. Post-operative pain is usually relieved by taking narcotics. The level of pain and tolerance for it varies from person to person. Even if you think you will not need pain killers, please fill the prescription so that you are prepared, just in case. While taking narcotics, do not drive or drink alcohol, as the medication can cause drowsiness. You may also be nauseous when taking narcotics. If you want to resume work immediately after surgery, take your narcotics at night and take anti-inflammatory medications during the day. Extra-strength Tylenol, together with an anti-inflammatory, may be your first option in order to reduce the need for narcotics. Using pain relievers regularly may lead to constipation. To prevent this, you may take an OTC fiber supplement like Citrucel or Metamucil.

Medication Refills: If you are already low on a certain medication and do not have refills available, please let us know at least two days before you run out of medications. You may click here for instructions.