Six weeks after an above-the-knee amputation (AKA), a patient returns to the outpatient office for a routine postoperative checkup. During the nurses assessment, the patient reports symptoms of phantom pain. What should the nurse tell the patient to do to reduce thE discomfort of the phantom pain?

Answer Explanation: Opioid analgesics may be effective in relieving phantom pain. Heat, immobility, and elevation are not noted to relieve this form of pain. A nurse is caring for a patient who had a right below-the-knee amputation (BKA). The nurse recognizes

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