Exparel – Pain Management
Patients receiving a breast surgery or tummy tuck in Wilmington, North Carolina can realize a great deal of aesthetic gain, with significantly less postoperative pain.
The four board-certified surgeons of Wilmington Plastic Surgery offer the local analgesic EXPAREL as one of the pain-management options for patients undergoing surgical procedures.
A liposomal formulation of bupivacaine, EXPAREL is a significant improvement over previous postoperative pain-management methods, including the use of pumps requiring internal catheters and external bags. It is the first pain medication that is released to a very targeted area, as opposed to systemic medications, such as opiods, which affect the entire body. Traditionally used in postoperative care, systemic medications can cause nausea, drowsiness and other side effects.
Injected under the muscle fascia of a specific site, EXPAREL numbs that tissue only. This leads to the use of much less supplemental pain control, relieving the patient’s body of the stress systemic medications can cause. Patients recover more quickly and can get back to their daily lives.
EXPAREL is an important complement to Wilmington Plastic Surgery’s pain-management tools, but it does not replace other options. Often a combination of drugs is required to achieve the best results for each patient.
Discuss whether EXPAREL is appropriate for your care during your consultation with a fellowship-trained Wilmington Plastic Surgery specialist.