What is Better for Pain Relief, a Pain Pump or a SofPulse and Why?

I am wondering what is better for pain relief... a pain pump or a SofPulse, and why. Do they serve the same purpose for a tummy tuck, or different? Thank you.

Doctor Answers 4

Pain pumps are effective for tummy tuck.

Pain pumps are readily available and very effective. I don't think you will get a consistent answer about which is better.  I don't know of a head-to-head comparison.

I hope this helps.

Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck and Pain Relief?

Thank you for the question.

Unfortunately,  I do not think you will be able to find objective data as to which one of the devices provides for better pain control. Personally, I use a pain pump for tummy tuck patients routinely;  even so, it is difficult to know objectively if the pain pump provides for better postoperative experience than traditional oral pain medication.

Best wishes.


Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Pain pump such as On-Q probably better after tummy tuck

SofPulse is an interesting technology that externally applies a microcurrent pulse intended to reduce pain and swelling after surgery. Pain pumps have a catherter placed into the surgical site where they slowly infuses a numbing medication, so in terms of pain reduction there are quite effective and we use them routinely. I also use the Sofpulse but it can't normally be used on the same site as a pain pump so if I had to choose one I would go with the On-Q.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Pain Relief - SofPulse or Painpump

I'm sorry to say I have no experience with the sofpulse, primarily because of the cost of equipment. We have used pain pumps routinely for almost a decade in Breast augments ande Tummy tucks with very good results. From what I understand the sofpulse can be removed for a shower and that is not the case with the pain pump. Pain pumps come in different sizes for length of activity. We use one that gives relief for 4 1/2 days and thus gets patients beyond the rough first 23 postop days.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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