Pain after your knee operation is inevitable, although everyone experiences pain differently. Good pain relief is important and is an essential part of your care.

We aim for your pain to be at an acceptable level on movement, and should not prevent appropriate function e.g. physiotherapy and mobilisation. Attempts to completely remove pain usually result in side effects from pain-killing medication, which are counter-productive to your speedy recovery.

Pain control is an essential part of your care

How can we reduce your pain? The nurses and pain team are able to give you advice and support. Pain relief is available in different forms and strengths. Oral Medication Pills, tablets or liquid to swallow.

When you are able to drink and eat then you will begin taking your painkillers by mouth. Most patients will need to take painkilling medication regularly after surgery to keep their discomfort to a minimum. These will be prescribed by your anaesthetist, and will be given routinely at the time stated on your prescription chart. There will always be backup painkillers prescribed which you can ask for if your pain is not well controlled. These take at least half an hour to work, so ensure that you request them in good time before allowing pain to become severe. Nerve Blocks and Local Anaesthetics Most patients will receive a spinal anaesthetic and will have a long-acting pain killer added to this injection, this can provide very effective pain relief for up to 24 hours after the operation. Injecting local anaesthetic drugs close to the nerves supplying the knee or at the operation site blocks painful messages from being sent to the brain. This is carried out at the time of your operation and will give a numbing sensation for up to 24 hours, depending on which block is used.