Manage postsurgical pain with fewer opioids

Opioid-minimizing strategies can enhance recovery after surgery

A multimodal approach is recommended

Leading health organizations urge a shift toward a multimodal approach away from opioids1,2

"A multimodal analgesic approach should be employed whenever possible."

-The American Society of Anesthesiologists

"The best approach is to start with a non-opioid."

-The Joint Commission

"Dentists should recognize multimodal pain strategies for management for acute postoperative pain as a means for sparing the need for opioid analgesics."

-American Dental Association

A multimodal approach is proven

Evidence-based care pathways support multimodal analgesia for accelerated patient recovery3,4

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols are patient-centered, evidence-based models for perioperative care. Multimodal opioid-reducing approaches are the recommended standard for improving recovery while reducing complications and cost.

Local analgesics are key to a multimodal approach

Local and regional analgesia are important components of opioid-reducing multimodal pain management strategies5

Local analgesic infiltration

directly targets pain at its source and is not associated with major side effects6

Local anesthetic field blocks

can effectively provide regional anesthesia in abdominal surgeries7

  • New modalities, along with long-lasting local analgesic pain control, can reduce the need for opioids when used as part of a multimodal pain management approach8

Consider patients who would benefit from an alternative to opioids

  • All patients whose use of opioids may impact recovery goals9
  • Patients at risk for opioid-related adverse events (eg, sleep apnea, aged ≥65 years, male, obese)2,10,11
  • Patients at risk for misuse and abuse of opioids (eg, substance abuse disorder, depression)12,13
Learn how EXPAREL can be part of your postsurgical pain management plan