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As the most important member of your healthcare team, you should have all the pertinent information you need to talk to your doctor about your post-surgery pain management plan. From the basics about opioids to safe handling and disposal, we offer tools to help you determine what’s best for you and your health. Here you’ll find answers concerning:
Identifying opioids prescribed to you
What to expect after surgery
Determining your individual risk for opioid dependency
Using opioids safely for pain management
See the latest information for patients:

Managing Your Pain After Surgery (Adults)

Learn more about how to successfully manage your pain after surgery using over-the-counter (OTC) medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin), non-medication options and using opioids if prescribed by your surgeon.

Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (CDC)

Intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and overdose.

Managing Pain After Surgery

  • Discussing pain management with your surgeon
  • Understanding acute surgical pain
  • Instructions for use of over-the-counter pain medications
  • Non-drug options for pain management

Michigan Opioid Laws

This poster, placed in your waiting or exam rooms, helps patients understand the requirements and limitations, mandated by Michigan law, when writing for prescription opioids.

Only available for organizations in Michigan

Non-Pharmacological Pain Management

Learn two non-medication strategies for managing pain and anxiety:

  • Mindful breathing
  • Positive daily reflection