Guidelines for Postoperative Pain Management

Postoperative pain management is integral not only to the procedure itself, but also to the patient’s preoperative counseling and education; to their length of stay; to their satisfaction; and ultimately to their recovery and long-term well-being. And yet, for all its ubiquity, postoperative pain management can be difficult to standardize and implement effectively, especially because every patient is different.

Despite the increased focus on pain management programs in the era of the opioid epidemic, and despite the development of new standards for pain management, many patients experience intense pain after surgery. Additional efforts are still required to improve patients’ postoperative pain experience.1

As part of those additional efforts, many organizations have created pain management guidelines: