Most Effective Pain Medication After Tummy Tuck?

Question: What is the most effective oral pain medication after Tummy Tuck/Mommy Makeover with Breast Augmentation? I’m about a month pre op and researching pain management. My surgeon does not offer a pain pump. What is the most effective oral pain medication after tummy tuck/mommy makeover with breast at?? Thank you, Timberel

Answer: Pain control after mommy makeover varies

Thanks for the question. Each surgeon will have their own specific protocol for postop pain management. Narcotics, like percoset, are common place. I Rx these for my patients. However, I also like to use a muscle relaxant (like soma or flexeril), Neurontin (gabapentin), and Celebrex. All are non narcotic and can go a long way to reducing the # of narcotics that you would need. Additionally, you should also research Exparel which is a long lasting type of pain medicine that I have found extremely helpful, especially after tummy tucks. This is injected into the muscle layer before completion of the tummy tuck and can last 3-4 days.

Web reference: http://www.exparel.com/index.shtml?gclid=CKry-9KCg8ICFZCVfgodJ0gAyQ