After surgery many types of pain medicines can be used such as opiates or narcotics, local anesthetics, and anti-inflammatory medicines. Depending on the procedure and clinical situation, a single medicine or combination of medicines may be used.
Review Date 8/10/2009
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.