Shannon, I think it depends on what your contract says and what your PM doc wants you to do. My PM doc has the surgeon prescribe post-op meds and then if they do not cover the pain and the surgeon will not increase them, then we are to call him. I have had a few surgeries under this policy and it has worked out pretty good. I informed my pm doc that I was having it and then the surgeon took over. Of course I was still on all my pain meds from the PM, the surgeon just gave me enough to cover the surgery pain.
I do recommend getting it all straight BEFORE your surgery as the last thing you need after surgery is to be in pain and having to get someone to treat your pain and each one passing the buck. I learned that the hard way my first surgery after starting pain management when the surgeon wouldn't give me enough and the pain was horrible. So now I refuse to have the surgery unless all that is taken care of.
I hope your surgery goes well and you have as little discomfort as possible.
Just a note, I had the same exact surgery that you are having and it was not too bad except for the pain I had in my back. I wasn't expecting it there and my doc said that it is common. So if your doc didn't say anything, don't be surprised if your back gets uncomfortable. I wish someone would have told me that was normal because I thought something was wrong. Good luck and take care!!
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