After my spinal surgery I was released from the rehabilitation facility on the weekend (early Saturday).  The nurses told me they will give me my left over pain medication and then I will need to get a new prescription from my primary doctor after I am released. I thought they would figure that  I can’t see the doctor until Monday and would give me enough to get through the weekend.. wrong!  I like what this article suggests – make your plans for your post-surgical pain medications before you go into surgery.