Important information on COVID-19 / Renseignements importants sur la COVID-19!

We are asking all patients and visitors coming to HSN to please wear a mask as an added step to reduce the spread of germs and protect vulnerable patients. Handmade masks are acceptable as are those available at retailers in our community. Patients going for a procedure where they must remove their mask will be asked to store it with their personal items. If you arrive at the hospital as a patient or care partner and do not have a mask, one will be provided to you and you will be expected to wear it during your time at HSN to keep yourself, other patients and care partners and our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers safe.

Before coming to the hospital, please check our COVID-19 info page for updates.

    Importance of Pain Management

    When you no longer have the pain pump (PCA), epidural, or continuous nerve block, you must remember to ask your nurse for pain pills.

    Do not wait until your pain is severe before you ask for pain medication. You can have the pain pills every few hours, but you must ask.

    Pain control after surgery is important. When you experience less pain you are better able to move and breathe. By getting moving early after surgery, you can avoid problems that may delay your recovery. Getting out of bed and walking after surgery is a key determining factor in your recovery after surgery, as it helps to keep your muscles strong and helps to prevent blood from clotting. It is also important to do deep breathing exercises after surgery, to help prevent lung problems.

    What you can do to manage your pain

    • Communicate your pain with your doctors and nurses. 
    • You will be asked often to rate your pain. This is done using a pain scale (see below)


    • Plan for activity by taking medication 30 minutes’ prior.
    • Let the nurse know if your pain treatment is not decreasing your pain.
    • Try reading, listening to music, watching TV, deep breathing, and quiet activities for distraction.
    • Remember that pain is personal, and the amount of pain you experience may be different from other people who have had the same surgery.