Richard M. Levin, MD., PSC. | Phone: 502-584-7787 | Fax: 502-589-3842 | infertility@babies-by-levin.com

 
 
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Pain issues: Once you return to the hotel room after your reversal procedure you may experience some discomfort. The level of discomfort is quite variable from one individual to the next. While many women experience very little discomfort, others might be moderately miserable. Over the years we have never found it necessary to admit any patient just for pain issues so you can see it's generally quite tolerable.
 
When you were discharged from the second stage recovery room, our office provided you with 25 Tylox tablets which is about as strong an oral narcotic pain pill that is available (similar to Percocet). While you should feel free to take these pills as your discomfort level dictates, narcotics are not a free ride. Such pills can cause significant nausea issues for some patients and can delay your ability to pass rectal gas or even to delay you from having a bowel movement for a number of days. The less narcotics you take the better off you will be but if you need them please do so as I don't want you in pain.
 
An alternative approach to the use of narcotics would be for you to use Motrin 200 mg (4 pills every 4-6 hours as need for pain) or Advil 200 mg (4 pills every 4-6 hours as needed for pain) or Tylenol 500 mg (1 pill every 4-6 hours as needed for pain). Many patients do quite nicely with one of these over-the-counter preparations and never need to use the narcotic pain pills. You can also rotate them back and forth so long as you don't exceed the daily amount of the prescribed narcotics.
 
No pain medications will be prescribed after normal office hours or on the weekend. This is done for your safety as your medical records are not available to Dr. Levin at those times. Also refills of narcotic prescriptions may not be given because of wide spread abuse of these preparations. Accordingly an equally effective, non-narcotic pain medication will be used if needed after your initial batch of pills is used up.
 

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