Morphine is a controlled narcotic used for pain relief. It has its place in medical treatment, and is very useful in controlling pain for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
Pain relief after knee replacement is very important. With greater pain control the patient is able to regain motion and function quickly. Studies show the use of morphine after orthopedic surgery for knee replacement is very low normally.
Other pain measures are used as well. Oral pain relievers can be given. A cold
compression cuff around the joint during the first 48 hours helps control painful
Doctors and nurses are usually very willing to discuss patient care with family members. A release of information form must be signed first by the patient.