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No Pain, Your Gain: Causes of Postsurgical Pain

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, December 04, 2015

… it is estimated that there are over 100 million surgeries performed in the United States each year.  Of these surgeries, we believe at least 50 million procedures require post-operative pain medication.” – RecroPharma. About Pain. 2015

 “No pain, no gain” is a saying commonly shown on motivational posters in gyms and workout facilities, but the push-through-the-pain mentality can be detrimental to one’s health, especially in medical situations. Surgery, in particular, can cause muscle and movement pain, and controlling that pain is important to the recovery process.

Not all postsurgical pain comes directly from the incision. One type of postsurgical pain is muscle pain. Lying on the operating table can cause muscle pain. Patients feel this type of pain in their necks, shoulders, backs and chests. Another type of postsurgical pain is movement pain. This is more likely to cause or increase pain near the incision. Movement pain occurs from sitting up, walking and other activities after surgery.

Pain control is important to the recovery process. It not only gives patients relief, but also lowers the risk of complications, such as blood clots, infections and pneumonia, according to a 2013 Medline Plus article. Patients with adequate pain control are more likely to go home earlier and recover faster and are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital.

Postsurgical pain control of both muscle and movement pain is important to the recovery process. Orbis BiosciencesTM has developed a long-lasting form of tramadol, an analgesic that treats postsurgical pain. The extended release formulation uses our StratµmTM technology and allows for improved compliance without the dangerous side effects of potent opioids. Our analgesic and drugs like it give patients much-needed relief and aid recovery. They prove that no pain is the patient’s gain.

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