I've had shoulder surgery twice in the past three years, once arthroscopic and the second time
open. For the arthroscopic my doc gave me Lortab (same as Vicodin) and after the
open she started with Percocet and then Lortab. I tapered from those to Tylenol.
My doc also had the anesthesiologist do a nerve block, which kept the shoulder numb for about
48 hours. Coupled with the cold pack she sent me home in, I really didn't need a lot of pain medication. I took it mostly at night, when everything always hurts more. You might ask your doc about
the nerve block thing, it was great.
Good luck with your surgery.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
Co-Moderator UC Forum
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