MAKE A PLAN WITH YOUR DOCTOR AND ASK ABOUT NON-OPIOID OPTIONS FOR PAIN AFTER SURGERY.
Some of the most common concerns about surgery is the amount of pain involved and how you will recover. Well-controlled pain can influence your recovery. C-section, breast, and gynecologic surgeries can be complex procedures, so pain is expected. However, everyone experiences pain differently. Your doctor will have a pain management plan that includes different combinations of medications including opioid and non-opioid options. In addition to managing pain after surgery, the plan is aimed at helping you reach important recovery goals such as moving, walking, eating, and getting back to normal daily activities. Talk to your doctor about a pain management plan that is right for you and your type of surgery. Create your discussion guide now.
Common surgeries that are speciﬁc to women:
- Cesarean delivery (C-section)
- Fibroid removal
- Breast reconstruction, lumpectomy, or mastectomy
- Cosmetic breast surgery (ie, plastic surgery, breast augmentation or reduction)
9 IN 10 MOTHERS
have concerns about taking opioids during and after childbirth
SIDE EFFECTS from opioids can slow down your recovery 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.
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 for managing pain after surgery that may help you during recovery. That's why it's important to discuss these options with your doctor.
NON-OPIOID EXPAREL PROVIDES LONG-LASTING PAIN RELIEF AFTER SURGERY
- EXPAREL is given during surgery as part of an opioid-minimizing approach and controls pain for the first few days after surgery, when you need it most
- EXPAREL works by numbing the area of your body where your surgery was performed, unlike opioids, which affect your whole body
Women receiving EXPAREL*
Reported less pain
Required fewer opioids†
Were ready to leave the hospital sooner
Had fewer complications after surgery
In C-section trials, women given EXPAREL left the hospital 1 day 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.
‡Based on clinical studies of C-section patients who received EXPAREL compared with patients who did not receive EXPAREL.