There are different approaches doctors may take when it comes to addressing postsurgical pain. In many cases, medications are prescribed to relieve pain for a short amount of time (until the area can heal and the pain becomes limited). For some patients, however, this can possibly lead to a serious problem.
Put simply, prescription medications have the potential to become habit-forming, even for folks who think it could never happen to them.
When you’re prescribed medication, it is important to understand exactly what you are taking and any risk factors entailed. Talking with your doctor—and then using the medication in accordance with his directions—can at least reduce the risk of complications developing after the medication is no longer necessary.
In cases wherein pain medication isn’t prescribed, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) purchased over-the-counter might be recommended. NSAIDs can work to both relieve pain and reduce swelling in the area. Now, people may be quick to think about side effects in conjunction with only prescription meds, but this is a potential downside for any kind of medication (even OTC varieties).
Sure, you probably aren’t going to start abusing ibuprofen in the same way someone might do with prescription pain pills, but some people experience non-addictive side effects to NSAIDs. Those side effects can create severe discomfort and make the meds hard to take.
Depending on your situation, the answer to the problem of postsurgical pain might be laser therapy.
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy is able to improve surgery outcomes for some patients by reducing swelling and relieving pain. Additionally, this advanced treatment can promote cellular healing, enhance circulation and reduce scar tissue buildup at the incision site.
Other postsurgical benefits of MLS laser therapy include:
- Accelerated collagen production and tissue repair
- Improved immune function
- Improved metabolic activity for faster healing
- Reduced downtime after surgery
Laser treatment sessions can effectively supplement physical and occupational therapy programs, no matter if you underwent a major or minor surgical procedure. This tends to vary based on the severity of pain and swelling, but a majority of patients experience relief in only a few sessions.
Factors we consider when determining whether or not to recommend MLS laser therapy to address postsurgical pain is based on the procedure that was performed and the specific details of a typical healing process for it.
Of course, we’ve been discussing laser therapy in the context of helping relieve postsurgical pain and enhancing natural healing processes, but MLS laser can also be an effective alternative to certain surgical procedures for some conditions and patients.
For more information on what our MLS laser can do for you, contact North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute today by calling (512) 593-2949. One of our staff members will be happy to answer any questions or help you schedule an appointment.