Prescribed Pain Medication
When you are discharged from the hospital, you will probably receive a prescription for pain medication.
Discomfort in the Muscles Around Incision
Do not be surprised that as you increase your activity at home you may have some increased discomfort in the muscles around your incision. You may worry that this may be "chest pain" or that there is something wrong with your heart.
Pain in Chest is Normal After Surgery
Pain in the chest is to be expected after surgery. This pain is usually related to activity such as movement or coughing. The sharpness of your pain should decrease with stopping the activity. You may find sleeping at night difficult due to pain or discomfort.
Take Your Pain Medication as Prescribed
Taking your pain medication as prescribed during the day or before bed will help ease your discomfort. You should continue to take your pain medication as needed to ensure comfort with activity and your ability to take deep breaths and cough effectively.
When to Call Your Doctor
If your pain is not controlled, please call your doctor. Please never exceed the recommended dose written on your prescription. However, if your pain is long-lasting, and you feel it is related to your heart, please call 911 or your local emergency service.