Non opioid pain management for women's surgery [C Section]
Women Health Surgery



You have a say in how your pain is treated

Everyone experiences pain differently. For women having a cesarean delivery (C-section), gynecologic, or breast 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.
Common surgeries that are specific to women include
  • Cesarean delivery (C-section)
  • Hysterectomy
  • Fibroid removal
  • Breast reconstruction, lumpectomy, or mastectomy
  • Cosmetic breast surgery (ie, plastic surgery, breast augmentation or reduction)

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 a C-section are prescribed an opioid


have concerns about taking opioids during and after childbirth

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

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 OB and GYN surgeries, women given EXPAREL*

Reported less pain

Required fewer opioids

Were ready to leave the hospital sooner

Had fewer complications after surgery

*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.

In C-sections, women given EXPAREL

  • Experienced less pain

  • Required fewer opioids

  • Left the hospital 1 day sooner

Based on clinical trials of C-sections with or without EXPAREL.

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