Surprise Oral and Implant Surgery offers EXPAREL to reduce pain and decrease the use of prescription narcotics after surgery. It is a non-narcotic option for pain control that Dr. Nguyen applies before you wake up from surgery.
What is EXPAREL?
EXPAREL is a long-acting local analgesic administered as a single dose during surgery. EXPAREL controls pain even before you feel it and may decrease your need for narcotics to manage your pain. EXPAREL is not a narcotic. EXPAREL can provide pain control without the need for catheters or pumps.
What is a local analgesic?
A local analgesic is a medication used to prevent or numb the feeling of pain in a specific area. EXPAREL is used to numb the area around the surgical site.
What are the side effects of EXPAREL?
Side effects can occur with any medications; it is important not to ignore anything you may be experiencing. Some patients in clinical trials who received EXPAREL experienced nausea, vomiting, and/or constipation. Speak with Dr. Nguyen right away if you experience any of these or if you have other questions regarding any side effects.
Will I need to take other pain medications besides EXPAREL?
EXPAREL can be the initial step in your postsurgical pain management plan. Dr. Nguyen may prescribe a combination of pain medications to try to limit the amount of each medicine you need, and therefore limit the risk of side effects. Talk to your doctor before surgery to create a pain management plan that is tailored to your needs.