When I have had surgery while under the care of PM, I simply let him know that I was having surgery. The surgeon took care of post op pain meds and for a few weeks after surgery, of course depending on how long I needed them. After that, I returned to my regular PM for my regular PM meds.
On a second note, when I had my hysterectomy, I had a pain pump for pain. I didn't need to hit it at all after the first day. I was up and moving around on my own quite well. In fact, I hadn't felt so good in a long time, even with a huge incision. It might not be as painful as you may think.
I remembered my mother's and thought that it was going to a horrible pain, and I wouldn't be able to stand or sit or any of that stuff, but I felt remarkably well.
I was a bit sore sitting up, but once I was up, I was fine.
Best of luck to you, and I hope you have minimal pain Shannon.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.