After surgery, it is normal for the surgical area to be tender for the first few days. In most cases, an over-the-counter pain relief is enough to ease any discomfort. You should avoid aspirin because it thins the blood and can increase bleeding. If you are taking over the counter pain relief or prescription medication for pain, be sure to start taking it immediately after surgery. Don’t wait until the discomfort sets in. It's far easier to control discomfort when it is at a minimum rather than trying to suppress it after it starts.
Here are some steps you can take following surgery to promote the healing process: