Hello and thank you for your question. Yes there are alternatives to narcotic pain medication for you after your surgery, and even long acting pain medication that can be given during your surgery that may help as well. Zofran and other anti-nausea medications may be of benefit too. It is best to see and discuss this with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon before your surgery so that you are best prepared.Benjamin J. Cousins MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
I appreciate your question.
I would recommend that you discuss this question with your surgeon as every surgeon has their own respective post op protocol for his/her patients. Your surgeon is your best resource as he/she is most familiar with your medical history and how you will be healing following surgery.
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.
Best of luck!
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute
There are non narcotic options for pain control. One option is Tylenol, but be sure to let your surgeon know if you decide on this option as some surgeons prescribe medications that contain the same ingredient. You want to be sure that you don't get too much of it. There are medications available to help control nausea as well.
You have some options with pain and nausea medications after surgery. Taking narcotics along with Zofran or Phenergan can help alleviate any nausea. However if you are not wanting to take Narcotic type pain medications you can always take over the counter Tylenol. Make sure when taking Tylenol you do not take more than the recommended daily dose. Discuss your concerns with your surgeon as I am sure there is a post operative protocol that he/she follows.
yes there are many options to control discomfort after a breast augmentation. Many of my patients take no narcotics. Ask your board certified plastic surgeons what options you have. Good Luck!
Thank you for your question. In many cases, patients have chosen to take Tylenol instead of narcotic pain medication post procedure. Discuss this option wit your surgeon or possible other options that they may recommend for your post operative care, as each surgeon has their own unique set of post operative instructions.
With kind regards,
Lane F. Smith, M.D., F.A.A.C.S., F.A.O.H.N.S., F.A.B.F.P.R.S.
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
Depending on your surgeon's technique and preferences, there are some options for you. As mentioned in other responses, your surgeon may use a long acting local anesthetic called exparel, however most plastic surgeons do not for routine breast augmentations because the medication is expensive and the pain post-op is not that bad with proper surgical technique. The type of anesthesia will affect your immediate post-op nausea or vomiting, but will not affect a thing the following day(so general anesthesia or IV sedation is really a moot point for your question). If your surgeon is ok with toradol, this medication does come in an oral form that can be taken for up to 5 days post-operatively, with the first dose given intra-operatively IV. thanks for your question.
In my practice, we try to identify patients who are at higher risk for postoperative nausea. As such, certain preemptive maneuvers such as intraoperative zofran , decadron and a postoperative prescription for either zofran or phenergan along with a scopolamine patch can be very useful to help with the discomfort of nausea. As far as pain medication, I typically use a long acting lysosomal bupivicaine that can provide significant pain relief for at least 2 days. Therefore, the majority of my patients do not need anything stronger than tylenol with codeine to help with pain control. The use of IV sedation as opposed to general endotracheal anesthesia decreases postoperative nausea and quicker return to home from the recovery room with less nausea.
Best wishes,Dr. Ravi Somayazula
Thank you for your question.You should speak with your surgeon. The narcotics are likely the most effective to counter postoperative pain, but after a couple days you should be able to switch to tylenol and advil. I hope this helps.- Dr. Bryson Richards (Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon)
Great Question! Yes there is other non-narcotic medications you can take after surgery. We write Nucynta 50mg for patients who do not tolerate pain medication well. This can be expensive at your pharmacy, but go to nucynta.com for a rebate! It will save you a lot of money. You can also just stick to extra strength Tylenol if you wanted to do that. Good luck!