Common side effects of narcotic pain medications include
constipation, itching and nausea.
To help avoid constipation, drink plenty of water in addition to taking an over the counter stool softener such as Colace or Senekot, if you so desire.
Icing After Surgery.
Apply ice bags or use the cryocuff you were given to control swelling. Ice should be applied 20-30 minutes at a time, every one to two hours.To protect your skin put a thin towel or T-shirt next to your skin if using a plastic ice bag. Icing is most important in the first 48 hours, although many people find continuing it lessens their postoperative pain.
What You Can Do.
Make sure that you have established supports prior to your surgery so that you will have people who can assist you during your recovery phase. Abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages and NO SMOKING. Drink plenty of water and eat a regular diet. Plan to take AT LEAST a few days to a week off from work.