Appropriate pain control helps patients recover faster with fewer risks of complications such as blood clots and pneumonia. Patients should expect to have some discomfort following ear, nose or throat surgery, but if pain is well-managed, patients are better able to engage in important healing activities such as walking and deep breathing exercises. The Greenwich Hospital healthcare team works closely with patients to prevent and relieve pain and discomfort.
Pain control options may include:
- Pain relief medicines such as analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs, local anesthetics or opioids
- Relaxation techniques, including meditation, Healing Touch therapy, or listening to music
- Physical therapies such as heat or cold therapy, head and facial massage
Surgical patients can expect to be continually assessed to ensure they are comfortable. Patients are asked to participate in their pain management by telling staff when they are uncomfortable and reporting and rating their pain on a scale of 0 to 10. Reporting pain as a number helps staff know how well treatment is working. Together, patients and staff set goals for acceptable pain levels. When necessary, adjustments or changes to the pain management regimen are made.
Patients who experience chronic pain after discharge from the hospital are referred to the Sackler Center for Pain Management
for further treatment.