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Is there a stronger pain medicine than hydrocodone for an ankle arthroscopy?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Yes: You surgeon will make a pain medication selection based on your personal medical history, allergies and what is required during the ankle arthroscopy. Discuss your concerns preoperatively.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 36 years experience
Pain medication: Hydrocodone (vicodin) is a fairly strong pain medication. Oxycodone (percocet) is more or less on the same level but may work better for some patients.
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
Different yes: There are narcotic pain medications for pain relief of which hydrocodone is one. There ar other preparations that maybe more effective than one or another and can be tried. In addition, there are non-narcotic pain mediations that can be just as effective.
Dr. Gary Lawson
Dr. Gary Lawson commented
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Hydrocodone, Percocet etc are converted to morphine to have effect. There are other medications that are STRONGER. Dilaudid etc
Mar 16, 2013
Dr. Robert Moore
Podiatry 30 years experience
Post-Op Ankle Pain: There is always stronger pain medication, but usually given intravenously. In short, i would elevate, ice, remain non-weight bearing for 72 hours with your present pain relief meds first before seeking more, stronger pain meds. Also, there may be something else that may require a quick visit to your surgeon to make sure there are no complications.

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