Using Exparel with Tummy Tucks

How effective is Exparel?

Tummy tucks have dramatically changed for the better over the past few years. The two reasons that tummy tucks have become easier for patients are one Exparel (a long acting local anesthetic) and the no drain technique called progressive tension sutures. The combination of these to advance have made the recover for patients much easier as they have less pain and it is easier for them to move around after surgery.

The exparel in my patients has created an enhanced experience for several reasons. One I typically do not use any drains with my tummy tuck so with the use of the exparel I don’t have any standard drainage tubes or the tubes connected to the pain pumps for the patients to deal with after surgery. The second reason is that with exparel is injected at the time of surgery, so there is no concern of the pain pump tubing be removed prematurely, kinking or having any type of problems. Thirdly and most importantly the exparel can be injected directly to the areas where you plastic surgeon wants it. It can be injected along the muscles that are tightened, any areas that liposuction was performed and along your incision.

In the past I have used pain pumps, exparel and no pain management system other than pain pills. No question that exparel makes a significant difference in the post-operative pain of my patients. I had a recent patient that only took one pain pill after her tummy tuck surgery the first day after surgery, five years ago that would have ben unheard of after an abdominoplasty. I feel so strongly about the exparel that in my practice it is built into the cost. I believe that controlling patients’ pain these first couple days decreases their overall post-operative pain. Which in turn leads to patients being able to be more active after their surgery.

The combination of the exparel and no drain technique has made a dramatic difference in the recovery of patients after their tummy tuck.

Please discuss your tummy tuck options with your board certified plastic surgeon.

Is Exparel Really Effective for 72 Hours or is it just a Scam?

Tummy tucks have dramatically changed for the better over the past few years. The two reasons that tummy tucks have become easier for patients are one Exparel (a long acting local anesthetic) and the no drain technique called progressive tension sutures. The combination of these to advance have made the recover for patients much easier as they have less pain and it is easier for them to move around after surgery.

The exparel in my patients has created an enhanced experience for several reasons. One I typically do not use any drains with my tummy tuck so with the use of the exparel I don’t have any standard drainage tubes or the tubes connected to the pain pumps for the patients to deal with after surgery. The second reason is that with exparel is injected at the time of surgery, so there is no concern of the pain pump tubing be removed prematurely, kinking or having any type of problems. Thirdly and most importantly the exparel can be injected directly to the areas where you plastic surgeon wants it. It can be injected along the muscles that are tightened, any areas that liposuction was performed and along your incision.

In the past I have used pain pumps, exparel and no pain management system other than pain pills. No question that exparel makes a significant difference in the post-operative pain of my patients. I had a recent patient that only took one pain pill after her tummy tuck surgery the first day after surgery, five years ago that would have ben unheard of after an abdominoplasty. I feel so strongly about the exparel that in my practice it is built into the cost. I believe that controlling patients’ pain these first couple days decreases their overall post-operative pain. Which in turn leads to patients being able to be more active after their surgery.

The combination of the exparel and no drain technique has made a dramatic difference in the recovery of patients after their tummy tuck.

Please discuss your tummy tuck options with your board certified plastic surgeon.

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