Pain Relief After Surgery

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
An athletic man in sweatpants who finally has pain relief after surgery stretches in the park.

Everyone responds differently to pain after surgery. Doctors measure pain using a standard scale of zero (no pain) to 10 (the worst pain imaginable). But even using the pain scale, people's tolerance levels can vary greatly.

“A patient who rates pain as a 10 out of 10 may say, ‘I’m fine.’ Another patient who is a two out of 10 may be screaming,” says Donna-Ann Thomas, MD, division chief of Regional Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine for Yale Medicine.

At Yale Medicine, our doctors take pain seriously and consider it a medical problem that requires attention. Most pain can be eased or greatly relieved with proper management. Our experts use the latest medications, techniques and approaches to keep patients who have had surgery comfortable throughout the recovery process.