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what can be done to ease chest wall pain after surgery?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Narcotic analgesics: Acutely, narcotics, administered by patient controlled analgesia (pca) pump is the commonly used approach. Morphine, dilaudid, and Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) are most commonly used. After the first few days, oral analgesics like vicodin or Percocet are usually used. Mechanical manipulation of the forming scar by well trained occupational therapists can be helpful for sub-acute or chronic pain after surgery.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Multiple: Early: intravenous pain meds oral pain meds, narcotics early and nsaids later we use some local injections, or pain infusers in some folks after specific operations.

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Is it advisable to immobilize my leg after pulling my hamstring if the pain is not severe?

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Is it okay to put bacitracin on my surgery area after stitches are removed?

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What can be done to treat acne on the face, chest, and shoulders?

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Acne Therapy: Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four. With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better. There are topicals like ziana and epiduo and oral medication like solodyn (minocycline). See your dermatologist.
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General care: Lymphedema of the arm is seen following breast procedures (axillary dissection, radiation), and avoiding putting pressure on the arm doesn't prevent the swelling. Avoid scratches, injury of the arm that can result in infection and further damage of the lymphatics. Seek help of a lymphedema trained physical therapist for specific advice.
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My daughter just came back from haiti..She has a 1" radius of redness with a black center? Is this a spider bite? She is having pain with it.

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Could be : She needs to be seen and have that evaluated. Black center means a necrotic center and may need to be debrided. Make an appointment.

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