Pain Management After Orthopedic Surgery: Joints, Bones, and Ligaments



You have a say in how your pain is treated

Everyone experiences pain differently. For patients having an orthopedic surgical procedure, there are unique factors that can affect recovery and how pain is managed after surgery. 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.
Orthopedic surgery covers many types of procedures on the skeletal system, including joints, bones, and ligaments. Some common orthopedic procedures are
  • Sports-related surgery (such as rotator cuff or knee ligament repair)
  • Knee, hip, or shoulder replacement
  • Spine surgery (such as spinal fusion)
  • Hip fracture repair

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

More than half of patients who have orthopedic surgery receive opioids that are more powerful than usually recommended—this can increase risk of addiction

About 15% of patients

who had a total knee replacement became long-term users of opioids

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 orthopedic surgeries, patients given EXPAREL*

Reported less pain

Required fewer opioids

Were ready to leave the hospital sooner

*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.

10% of patients did not take opioids after knee replacement surgery with EXPAREL

Based on clinical studies of total knee replacement surgery with and without EXPAREL.

Ask the opioid question.

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

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