Some pain is inevitable after surgery but the main goal is to avoid SEVERE pain at all times. Depending on your type of surgery I will focus on pain management techniques to reduce your risk of severe pain at all times and aim for ideal levels of comfort to allow for mobilisation and well being after surgery. While some patients are fortunate to experience little pain others can have significantly more pain and will require far more pain medications even when they have the same operation and anaesthetic. It is important that this is managed promptly and expertly. Apart from the immediate benefit of additional comfort there may be longer term benefits in reducing the risk of persistent pain after surgery. This is a condition where pain may persist after the wound has fully healed and is termed persistent pain or 'chronic pain'.