What are my post operative pain medication non-narcotic options? (Photo)
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TAP block with Exparel to minimize tummy tuck pain
I would definitely recommend a long acting numbing agent like Exparel, and a technique called the TAP block for placement of the Exparel seems to be even more effective.
Pain management after tummy tuck
Thanks for your question. It's great that you are considering a good pain control plan prior to your surgery.
Be sure to discuss this with your surgeon since there are different things that can be done for a patient with your history of problems with pain medications.
Some options include using Exparel (long acting local) and an On-Q pain pump. Other options may include doing a TAP nerve block. These things will likely add some cost to your procedure, but it will likely be worth it if you'd had such issues with narcotics in the past.
Non-Narcotic Pain Control After Tummy Tuck
Congratulations on your decision to undergo Tummy Tuck.
A number of options are available to minimize postoperative discomfort after Tummy Tuck. We have had great success using an anesthetic infusion pump. This simple and elegant device continuously drips local anesthetic into the area of surgery for a few days post-op. A very thin catheter is placed during surgery and is easily removed, typically 3 - 5 days post-op. We use a device that has a button for giving an additionalelf-administered booster dose.
Exparel is another option to discuss with your surgeon.
Celebrex or Lyrica may be alternative or supplemental pain control men's.
I have found that my patients benefit greatly from the use of a motorized hospital bed for the first week post-op. These can be rented and delivered to your home for a reasonable cost, allowing you to set up in your family room or living room, so you won't have to climb stairs right after your procedure.
I hope these suggestions are helpful!
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Pain control after Tummy Tuck
There are lots of options for pain control during and after tummy tuck, and we as surgeons are getting better at managing our patients' pain without so much narcotic use, thereby trying to avoid some of the side effects such as nausea, itching and constipation.
Here are some options you can discuss with your surgeon:
- Preop pain meds such as celebrex, tylenol and gabapentin, given before the surgery starts
- Nerve blocks such as TAP block- very effective in my experience
- Exparel, if available
- Scheduled tylenol and celebrex after surgery
- Avoidance of drains - quilting sutures instead
- Newer anti-nausea meds such as Emend
All of these options have improved the tummy tuck pain experience and significantly decreased the need for narcotics in my patients.
Post Op Pain Management Options
There are certainly non-narcotic options for pain relief. Many of my patients who dislike the feeling that narcotics give them prefer extra strength Tylenol alone after surgery. I use a long-acting anaesthetic injected into the tissues to alleviate immediate post op pain and ensure this wears off gradually. I recommend that you talk with your Plastic Surgeon about your concerns and your options so they will customise a plan for you.
All the best
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