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Information about the different systems for pain scoring.

Pain is an individual physical and emotional experience. It depends on pre-existing pain, individual pain thresholds and patient expectations.

Pain can be classified as follows:

Verbal Score 0 - 3 VAS 0 - 10

Wong Baker Faces

No pain 0 0  
Mild pain 1 1 - 2  
Moderate pain 2 4 - 6  
Severe Pain 3 7 - 9  
Worst pain 3 10  

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Other useful information about an operation and recovery afterwards.

This is the average duration until full recovery and resuming normal life after an operation.

This is the average duration of your stay in the hospital after an operation.
It depends on the operation, the patient’s medical conditions, complications (e.g. bleeding, infection, delayed recovery), pain relief, mobility, physical status and motivation of a patient, including:

  • status/condition of the patient before and after the operation
  • after-effects of the anesthesia / sedation / spinal anesthesia utilised during the procedure
  • anticipated post-surgical care, as per care plan (dressing changes, packing changes, and monitoring of (any) surgical drains - if used)
  • pain relief method and medication and possible side effects
  • post surgical complications if there are any

It describes basic less invasive pain relieving measures (e.g. tablets, injection, suppositories), including:

  • Paracetamol, Non-inflammatories (e.g. Ibuprofen, Diclofenac)
  • Codeine or Dihydrocodeine or Codeine containing medications (e.g. Codydramol, Co-Codamol)
  • Tramadol, Tapentadol
  • Morphine, Oxycodone, Fentanyl

Duration of an operation

It can vary considerably, and it depends on:

  • Surgical technique
  • Experience and skills of the surgeon
  • Individual patient anatomy & build
  • Underlying pathology and disease (e.g. tumour size, other structures affected)
  • On the patient’s medical conditions (e.g. clotting disorders, patient is unwell)
  • Complications during an operation (e.g. bleeding, contamination, trauma)
  • Anaesthetics technique

It describes the duration of more invasive pain relieving methods after the operation, depending on the used technique (e.g. local anaesthetic infiltration, nerve blocks, spinal epidural)

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