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1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 7 Y es, it's highly uncommon for a patient to leave an operation without an opioid prescription in hand, but since I opened my hernia center, I have prescribed opioids for less than 5% of my same-day surgery patients. It's important to keep in mind that inflammation is the source of most post-operative pain: inflammation from the incision and inflam- mation from the tissue dissection (the mesh in hernia repair also adds to the inflamma- tion). Opioids do not treat inflammation. I use non-prescrip- tion anti-inflammato- ry medications to help reduce the need for opioids after sur- gery. This includes a mix of homeopathic herbal and vitamin pills that are safe and effective. The regimen starts before surgery to prep the patient's body to be low in inflammation and pain. Arnica and bromelain are excel- lent anti-inflammato- ry homeopathic regi- Herbal Post-op Pain Control Ideas Work That

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