After surgery many types of pain medications can be used such as opiates or narcotics, local anesthetics, and anti-inflammatory medications. Depending on the procedure and clinical situation, a single medication or combination of medications may be used.
Review Date: 8/10/2009
Reviewed 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.