Patient Information

Bones and joints leaflets

Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics
Ipswich Hospital
01473 702 384


Pain Relief Post Knee or Hip Replacement


Whilst you are an inpatient you will be given regular pain relief (normally oxycodone or oramorph) as well as having the option of asking for additional pain relief if needed.

You will be discharged with pain relief. The nurses will explain how to take it and how often you will be able to take it.

Using pain relief regularly as instructed post-surgery is important because:

  • it will enable you to do your physiotherapy exercises that are an important part of your recovery
  • it will make walking less painful and allow you to make progress more quickly
  • it will help make getting to sleep easier – this is important because good quality sleep helps with recovery
  • it prevents the pain building up and ensures it is manageable.

If after discharge you have concerns about your pain relief, such as worries about constipation or other side effects, please contact your GP to discuss alternatives.



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