A multimodal regimen is instituted to reduce postoperative pain. The regimen is designed to reduce the amount of narcotic medications prescribed, thus reducing the risk of opioid dependency.
Low doses of synergistic drugs that are safe to combine are given prior to surgery. They are also used during, and immediately after surgery. This well proven method decreases postoperative pain and side effects. Chronic pain may be less likely to develop in patients where significant post operative pain is prevented.
Some of the medications used are:
- Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs
- Low dose opioids
A breast pain specialist that can prescribe a tailored regimen as part of the multidisciplinary approach for patients who have chronic pain following mastectomy.