Pain & Pain Medication
A long acting anesthetic is usually placed in the wound at the conclusion of the operation in order to decrease postoperative discomfort, causing some tingling and numbness until the anesthetic wears off in 24 to 48 hours. Do not be alarmed by this. An adjacent finger may be tingly as well. Fill your prescription and take as prescribed. It is not necessary to take the pain medication if you do not have pain. The medication should not be continued for any longer than is absolutely necessary. It is acceptable to stop the pain medication and take Tylenol or aspirin if this is sufficient. Rarely will pain medication need to be refilled. For refills, you must contact the office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and supply the name, location and phone number of your pharmacy. Pain medication will not be refilled after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or on the weekends. We do not refill routine medication prescribed by other physicians. You must contact the prescribing physician for such refills.