What are your thoughts on Exparel?
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Exparel works to decrease the pain and need for pain medication
With or without exparel your breasts are going to feel weird for a long time. There will be some pain but also numbness, tightness, heaviness and all sorts of weirdness but it will all pass. I would not worry about the exparel but perhaps discuss in detail those other sensory changes you will experience with your surgeon. Because if this is something you are sensitive to, you really need to know what to expect.
What are your thoughts on Exparel
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Anxiety comes in several forms. Being anxious before an exam, interview ir operation is normal but being in a constant state of anxiety is not and neither is a fear of temporary numbness. The latter forms of inexplicable anxiety need to be treated professionally.
Exparel greatly reduces surgical pain and the need to take pain pills which in themselves cause dizziness, nausea and constipation.
The use of Exparel greatly improves the recovery after certain operations such as Tummy Tuck and Lower Body Lift. Although not essential, it does improve discomfort after a Breast Augmentation.
Personally, the choice of using it or not is totally up to you. I strongly feel that you should direct this aspect of your recovery. But, why would anyone opt to have more pain and a slower recovery if they did not have to?
Peter Aldea MD
Raymond Jean MD Board certified plastic surgeon Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia PA
Exparel is a time-released version of a local anesthetic that may provide some relief of discomfort for up to 72 hours. It will not be so effective that you will be numb but it can reduce the amount of pain that you experience postop. I think it is helpful although some patients seem to benefit more than others. Of course everyone has a different sensitivity to pain so the actual effect of the medication is difficult to quantify. It definitely is not necessary but you should consider it if you want to do what you can to be more comfortable following your procedure.
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