Addiction after Hip Surgery

Addiction after Hip SurgeryThousands of people receive hip surgery each year. Many of these people are in their elderly years, and recovery after the initial surgery can take months and even years to complete. Even after the surgery is completed and recovery has occurred, people may still experience pain in their hips, which can cause them to turn to prescription drug use to minimize their pain. This has led to many addictions in hip patients as a result.

Drug Use and the Initial Hip Surgery

Before hip surgery, doctors may prescribe moderate pain medication so it can begin to work its way through the patient’s system. This prescription usually consists of just a few pills, and the medicine is generally directed to be used within hours of the surgery. This can begin the process of allowing medication to enter the body.

During surgery, IVs are given to the patient, and pain medication is administered regularly. Anesthetics and sedatives are pumped through the IV along with necessary food and water. This allows for the pain medication to go directly into the blood stream to prevent massive pain upon the patient coming to.

Once the surgery is completed, doctors will prescribe pain medication to help regulate the patient’s pain so he or she is not excruciatingly uncomfortable during recovery. This also makes it easier for the patient to begin physical therapy without being unable or afraid to work the muscles affected by the surgery.

As drug use begins even before a scalpel touches the skin, some people who are more susceptible to drug use may quickly begin to use these methods of pain management to help them continue on after surgery.

Addiction during Recovery

Hip surgery is an invasive surgery in which the possibility of not experiencing any pain is slim to none. For many, the pain after surgery is so intense that they begin to feel that there is nothing that can help other than the continuation of prescription medication use to ease the pain.

Therapy is highly difficult and challenging. The mind knows how to make the hip work, but the hip is unable to do the motion that the brain is asking it to do. The frustration and physical pain that can come with this process can be enough for a person to use pain medication to work through it.

Patients who feel incapacitated from their surgery, or feel like less of a person because of it, may use the prescription medications given to them in order to drown out their feelings of inadequacy. They may struggle with depression and feel unable to get out of the house to get the therapy they need, choosing to self-medicate instead.

Hip surgery, like other invasive physical surgeries, is one of the leading causes of accidental addictions. While many patients may think they would never have a prescription drug problem, the truth is that many of them end up developing one as a result of their surgery.

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