Pain Management After Surgery: Non-Opioid Medication



You have a say in how your pain is treated

Everyone experiences pain differently. While general surgery includes many types of procedures, there are factors that are unique to you and your surgery that can affect recovery and how pain is managed. Pain management for surgery may include different combinations of treatments, including opioid and non-opioid options. Talk to your doctor about a pain management plan that is right for you and your type of surgery. Create your discussion guide now.

EXPAREL is an opioid-free option to help control pain after surgery. EXPAREL may be used with other pain medications prescribed by your surgeon. Learn more.
General surgery covers a variety of procedures on different areas of the body but often includes the abdomen. Some common general surgical procedures are
  • Colorectal (colon and/or rectal) surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Weight loss surgery (known as bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass)
  • Hemorrhoid surgery
  • Appendix or gallbladder removal

Many patients receive opioids after surgery, but opioids aren’t for everyone

SIDE EFFECTS from opioids can slow down your recovery

  • Opioids may cause nausea, vomiting, and constipation
  • Opioids may make you feel drowsy or confused

People who are obese have a higher risk of opioid addiction

8% of patients who took opioids

for the first time after gastric sleeve weight loss surgery became long-term users of opioids

17% of patients who had a bowel resection

became long-term users after taking opioids for the first time

Women are 40% MORE LIKELY than men to become long-term users of opioids after surgery.

Patients aged 65 years and older

who are prescribed opioids are 44% more likely to become long-term users

While many patients may receive opioids after surgery, there are other options that can help you during recovery. That’s why it’s important to discuss these options with your doctor.

Ask your doctor about the opioid-free option―EXPAREL for long-lasting pain relief after surgery

  • EXPAREL starts controlling pain during surgery and continues for the first few days after surgery, when you need it the most
  • It works by numbing the area of your body where your surgery was performed, unlike opioids, which affect your whole body

In general surgery, patients given EXPAREL*

Reported less pain

Required fewer opioids

Were ready to leave the hospital sooner

Had fewer complications

*Based on clinical studies of surgeries using EXPAREL as an alternative to standard of care.

The clinical benefit of the decrease in opioid consumption was not demonstrated in the pivotal trials.

Ask the opioid question.

There is an answer. Ask your doctor about EXPAREL for long-lasting, non-opioid pain control after surgery.

Create your discussion guide now