Exparel — non-narcotic pain relief
We can manage your post-operative pain with a non-narcotic medication. Narcotic (opioid) abuse is a major problem in the world today. Often the first contact a person has with narcotics is following extraction of their wisdom teeth or other oral surgery.
There is something that can be much better than opioids to control post-operative pain. It is a long acting local anesthetic which is injected into the surgery site once you are already numb. It is time-release, and is given as the surgery is ending. It is a single dose and can provide pain relief over the next 72 hours, greatly reducing or eliminating the need for narcotic medication.
Exparel is different because it starts working before you feel any pain. That means that you may need no narcotic (Vicodin, Percocet) with its side effects of dizziness, nausea, and constipation. If you do have pain, there is a good chance it will be controlled with over the counter medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Please feel free to discuss this adjunctive medication with Dr. Strahs.
If you are planning on a general anesthetic, your decision to have Exparel needs to be communicated to us before you go to sleep.