Rhinoplasty and Pain Medication

Rhinoplasty is a full blown surgery, and as such you can expect there to be serious medication involved for pain both during and following the surgery. Prior to the surgery, the doctor will discuss the options available for pain control and anesthesia. Knowing what your options are and what to expect from the medication makes the surgery itself easier to bear both physically and mentally.

Pain Medication during Rhinoplasty

The biggest need for pain medication is during the surgery itself. As rhinoplasty can be a hard surgery in terms of bone manipulation, most surgeons opt to have the patients sleep through the procedure. This means a general anesthesia will be administered prior to the beginning of the surgery itself.

In some cases, however, usually those that don’t involve large amounts of bone work, the surgeon may allow a local anesthetic where the nose and the surrounding tissue is numb so that the patient can’t feel any pain during the procedure. The patient will still be able to hear the sounds of the surgery and the surgeon’s discussion which can be challenging.

Pain Medication Following Rhinoplasty

After a nose job, the surgeon will prescribe a pain medication to be taken during the recovery period. This medication will likely be a strong pain killer for the first days after surgery. There are side effects of these sorts of pain medications, however, and they should be discussed with the surgeon prior to the surgery. You will not be in a good position to make decisions about medication immediately following the surgery, of course.

While on serious pain medications, you will not be able to do certain things like drive a car or possibly nurse very young children. The time spent on these medications is usually short, however, as rhinoplasty pain is short-lived. Patients are able to move past pain medication usually in less than two weeks; usually just one week.