• More than one million Americans have a surgical procedure each week, according to the National Quality Forum1
  • You may require surgery due to a medical condition or emergency, or perhaps you have decided to have an elective surgery, which is a surgery that is scheduled and not considered an emergency
  • While planning to have surgery can be stressful, there are several things you can do to help prepare yourself and your loved ones. With the exception of an urgent or emergency surgery, most people have time to plan for and thoroughly research the procedure, potential surgeons, and expected outcomes beforehand

Take the time to find the right surgeon for you. Your health care provider will likely offer some suggestions, but it is also helpful to ask for recommendations from friends and loved ones. Once you have a list of potential surgeons, check to confirm they are in-network (in your insurance plan), then research the doctor’s experience and credentials

Talking to more than one surgeon can help solidify your decision to have the surgery, and it can also give you an opportunity to learn more about what range of pain management options are available for your procedure and recovery

Bring your questions and a loved one with you to your appointment so you have someone to compare notes with afterward. Your doctor should be able to answer your questions about the procedure, such as how your pain will be managed before, during and after surgery, and what you can expect throughout the recovery process.


More than 1 in 5 patients

reported postsurgical pain management options as a main consideration when planning a surgery for themselves or a loved one2

Planning for Recovery

Whether undergoing an elective surgery or a C-section, home and work demands on women make spending as little time in the hospital as possible a top priority

The On the Rebound: What to Expect After Surgery survey found that

Of women

ages 30 to 50 are motivated to get back to their daily routine following surgery2


cite caregiving responsibilities as the top reason for wanting to get home and back to normal quickly2


say getting back to work faster is key motivator for a rapid rebound after surgery2

  • While women are actively involved in planning nearly all aspects of surgery and recovery—ranging from researching insurance coverage and surgeon credentials to coordinating the location of the surgery and in-home support—few are making medication choices that can help them rapidly rebound2
  • Despite side effects that can slow recovery, about two-thirds of women took opioids to treat their pain after surgery even though almost an equal number (60%) agree the drugs hinder everyday activities2
  • Before your surgery, take the time to discuss your pain management options with your clinician. There are non-opioid options that can be an X-Factor for recovery
  • Prepare for your return home to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. Depending on your surgery, you may need help with everyday tasks such as lifting heavy items, running errands, taking care of other family members, and so on
  • Your planning will be unique to your needs, but you might want to consider having a friend or family member help out during your recovery period. It’s okay to ask for help!