Pain Relief After Surgery

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Offering the latest pain management approaches
  • Providing the right pain medication for each patient
  • Treating postoperative pain in ways not available elsewhere

Everyone responds differently to pain after surgery. Doctors measure pain using a standard scale of zero (no pain) to 10 (the worst pain imaginable). But even using the pain scale, people's tolerance levels can vary greatly.

“A patient who rates pain as a 10 out of 10 may say, ‘I’m fine.’ Another patient who is a two out of 10 may be screaming,” says Donna-Ann Thomas, MD, division chief of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesiology for Yale Medicine, and assistant professor of Anesthesiology for Yale School of Medicine.

At Yale Medicine, our doctors take pain seriously and consider it a medical problem that requires attention. Most pain can be eased or greatly relieved with proper management. Our experts use the latest medications, techniques and approaches to keep patients who have had surgery comfortable throughout the recovery process.