ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 338.28

Chronic postop pain NEC

Diagnosis Code 338.28

ICD-9: 338.28
Short Description: Chronic postop pain NEC
Long Description: Other chronic postoperative pain
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 338.28

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the nervous system
    • Pain (338)
      • 338 Pain, not elsewhere classified

Information for Patients

After Surgery

Also called: Postoperative care, Recovery from surgery

After any operation, you'll have some side effects. There is usually some pain with surgery. There may also be swelling and soreness around the area that the surgeon cut. Your surgeon can tell you which side effects to expect.

There can also be complications. These are unplanned events linked to the operation. Some complications are infection, too much bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, or accidental injury. Some people have a greater risk of complications because of other medical conditions.

Your surgeon can tell you how you might feel and what you will be able to do - or not do - the first few days, weeks, or months after surgery. Some other questions to ask are

  • How long you will be in the hospital
  • What kind of supplies, equipment, and help you might need when you go home
  • When you can go back to work
  • When it is ok to start exercising again
  • Are they any other restrictions in your activities

Following your surgeon's advice can help you recover as soon as possible.

Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research

  • Bland diet
  • Deep breathing after surgery
  • Diet - clear liquid
  • Diet - full liquid
  • Getting your home ready - after the hospital
  • Hemorrhoid removal -- discharge
  • Indwelling catheter care
  • Post surgical pain treatment - adults
  • Preparing for surgery when you have diabetes
  • Self catheterization - female
  • Self catheterization - male
  • Sternal exploration or closure
  • Suprapubic catheter care
  • Surgical wound care -- closed
  • Surgical wound infection - treatment
  • The day of surgery for your child
  • The day of your surgery - adult
  • Tracheostomy tube - eating
  • Tracheostomy tube - speaking
  • Urinary catheters
  • Urine drainage bags
  • Using an incentive spirometer

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Chronic Pain

Pain is a feeling set off in the nervous system. Acute pain lets you know that you may be injured or have a problem you need to take care of. Chronic pain is different. The pain signals go on for weeks, months, or even years. The original cause may have been an injury or infection. There may be an ongoing cause of pain, such as arthritis or cancer. But in some cases there is no clear cause.

Problems that cause chronic pain include

  • Headache
  • Low back strain
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Pain from nerve damage

Chronic pain usually cannot be cured. But treatments can help. They include medicines, acupuncture, electrical stimulation and surgery. Other treatments include psychotherapy, relaxation and meditation therapy, biofeedback, and behavior modification.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  • Chronic pain and your emotions
  • Managing your chronic pain

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