Codeine After Tummy Tuck?

Is it okay to take codeine 5 weeks post-op?

Doctor Answers 7

Codiene and tummy tuck

At five weeks you shouldn't be experiencing the kind of discomfort that would require a codeine medication. If so, you should contact your doctor.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Pain relief 5 weeks after tummy tuck

IT is generally ok to take codeine 5 weeks after a tummy tuck but I would question if you should be having that much pain and I would prefer for you, if you were my patient, to transition to an over the counter analgesic such as tylenol, in recommended doses.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Majority of Women do NOT need to be taking Codeine 5 weeks after a Tummy Tuck

Regarding: "Codeine After Tummy Tuck?   Is it okay to take codeine 5 weeks post-op?"

Although people vary in their pain tolerance, the vast majority of my patients do not need prescription pain pills 2 weeks after Tummy Tuck surgery. To need pain pills for 5 weeks is unusual and you should be examined by your surgeon to make sure you have not suffered a complication.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Codiene after Tummy Tuck

Pain is always a subjective thing and will vary from one patient to another so yes it is okay if you are having pain.If you were still having pain 3 or 4 months out I would begin to wonder what is going on.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Why are you still taking codeine after your tummy tuck?

The use of a narcotic, such as Codeine, 5 weeks following any elective cosmetic surgery, including a tummy tuck,  is not very common. 


In  my experience, patients experience the most pain/discomfort within the first 3 days following a tummy tuck.

Assuming that the Codeine is being used for pain, it would be best to identify and treat the source of that  pain and eliminate any exacerbating factors, not just simply treat the pain itself. For example, if  a suture in the muscle repair has torn through the tissue, an NSAID and/or Medrol dose pack and muscle rest may help. 

 Narcotic use after surgery can be addicting and should be used sparingly and only for brief periods of time.

Gregory Michael Bazell, MD
Barrington Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Codeine 5 weeks after tummy tuck

It depends on what you are taking the codeine for.  If you are having significant pain in the area of surgery, I would suggest seeing your plastic surgeon to check and make sure all is OK.  If you are taking it for cough, that is another story.  Make sure you keep all your doctors, (internal medicine, plastic surgeon), aware of all the drugs that you are taking.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Pain 5 Weeks after Tummy Tuck

If you are requiring codeine 5 weeks after surgery then I would suspect that there may be a problem.  I would recommend that you see your surgeon if pain is still an issue.

Dr. ES

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