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Common Side Effects -- Pain at the Incision Site

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Presentation: Liver Donation Surgery -- Recovery Expectations
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Most liver donors experience pain where their abdomen was cut to remove the liver. Your doctor will prescribe medications to help relieve this pain. Most of the time, it will go away after a few days or weeks.
When you're at home recovering, there are a few things you can do to help relieve pain, including:
* Taking your prescribed pain medications as directed
* And using small doses of over-the-counter pain relievers.
Your healthcare providers will let you know which types of these pain relievers you can use, when it's safe to use them, and how much you should take. If you have any questions, or want to take an over-the-counter drug your healthcare providers haven't mentioned, but sure to call and check with them first.

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