I take Suboxone(blocks opiates). I'm getting mommy makeover soon but am nervous about pain management. What can I take for pain?
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Pain management and mommy makeover.
pain pumps or more recently exparel work great.
I will coordinate with pain mgmt dr
Im also more inclined to use ibuprofen even though there is a greater risk of bleeding.
hope this helps!
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- First of all, have your pain management specialist talk to your surgeon to figure out the best approach for your pain management.
- Second, I strongly recommend that your surgeon use Exparel on your tummy tuck muscles - it will greatly reduce the pain for the first 2 - 3 days.
- Also, if you are having implants under the muscle, Exparel may be used in those muscles too.
- Or ask your surgeon about putting implants (if you are having them) over the muscle.
- Otherwise your surgeon can inject marcaine into the muscles during surgery - it will give you 4-12 hours of pain relief which isn't much.
- Pain pumps in my experience don't work predictably - but are certainly a good idea if Exparel is not available.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.
Pain management and mommy makeover.
Pain Management after your Mommy Makeover
Pain varies per person and medication to control #discomfort will be provided. Healing will continue for 2-3 months for the early period. This includes some swelling, bruising, malposition, color differences. Sensation in the breasts may also be abnormal and scars will be evolve. Tingling, burning or shooting pains in the breasts will disappear with time and should not alarm you. It is simply a result of the regeneration of your sensory nerves. If these sensations cause pain, repeated, local self-massage per your surgeon's permission may help.
Healing after a #tummytuck will require time. Some patients are out of bed and walking the night of surgery and every hour while awake. I allow my patients to return to work at one to two weeks with 14 days preferred. However, no lifting or straining. At three weeks, increased level of activity and full with no restrictions, at 6 weeks.
As I advise my patients, if your work keeps you sedentary, you may return whenever you feel up to it. If your work is strenuous, wait until your work activity does not cause any superficial pain.
Some employers will modify a person’s job duties so they can back sooner, but without physical activity. Our office can provide our patients with a note stating they are not to engage in strenuous activity for a specified period of time. The note will not disclose what procedure they have underwent. Therefore, you may have to request a similar note from your surgeon if you are not independently employed. I recommend avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous #activity for six weeks following your surgery. With that said, it may help you plan your return to work accordingly.
As for heavy lifting and other #strenuous #activities, it should be avoided for until you have clearance from your surgeon. You may, however, do normal activities at any time if they cause no pain or #discomfort. Let your body tell you what you can or cannot do. Aerobic exercise will raise your blood pressure, which could cause late bleeding and harm your result. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!! If you have concerns about your healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined
Pain specialist and Exparel
All the best,
Dr. Remus Repta
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