O’Neill Plastic Surgery Now Offering Exparel to Help Manage Post-Surgical Pain

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Exparel, the non-opiate pain medication, is now being offered at O’Neill Plastic Surgery for Charleston, cosmetic surgery patients.

Charleston plastic surgeon, Dr. Patrick O'Neill
With this new medication available, I can now offer my patients several options when it comes to pain management and recovery. Exparel should help patients move through the recovery process quicker and with less pain.

O’Neill Plastic Surgery is now offering their Charleston, cosmetic surgery patients Exparel, a non-opiate alternative to help manage pain after surgery. Now local patients have more options when it comes to their surgical and recovery plans.

Bupivacaine, the active ingredient in the Exparel, is an anesthetic injection given during surgery. Patients who choose to take the medication feel relief up to three days after their procedure. This has helped many patients deal with excessive pain during their first stages of recovery. It is highly effective for patients undergoing elective surgeries.

“This is a great medication for my practice and for many Charleston plastic surgeons performing invasive procedures,” says Dr. Patrick O'Neill, the primary surgeon at his practice in Daniel Island. “With this new medication available, I can now offer my patients several options when it comes to pain management and recovery. Exparel should help patients move through the recovery process quicker and with less pain.”

For men and women in Charleston, plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation or abdominoplasty can require taking several days to get through the initial stages of recovery. During this time, patients can also experience a great deal of pain. Opiate medications are traditionally prescribed to patients after surgery to help manage and mitigate pain during initial recovery. These medications can have a powerful impact on the body. Some patients experience nausea, vomiting, and constipation as side effects. It can also cause a person to feel drowsy and affect their mental state. With this new injection, patients can relieve post-surgical pain with little or no traditional opiate-based pain medications, or the associated side effects.

Exparel is administered during surgery by injection. This ensures that a patient waking up from anesthesia will feel less pain. It is designed to be absorbed slowly by the body so that it can provide relief from post-surgical pain for up to 72 hours. This medication has been approved for use in the US after several years of research. When used prior to hemorrhoid or bunion surgery, researchers found that 33% of patients required little to no opiate painkillers to manage pain. Dr. O’Neill has seen similar results with cosmetic surgery patients.

While this medication has proven effective in clinical trials, it is advised that individuals speak with their surgeon about their surgical risks before choosing to add this pain medication to their plan. The best candidates for elective surgery are healthy, active individuals. It is important for prospective patients to talk to their surgeons about any current medical conditions they have and any supplements or medications they currently take on a regular basis.

Men and women currently looking into aesthetic enhancement and plastic surgery procedures can discuss this new alternative to opiate pain medications with Dr. O’Neill in Charleston. Tummy tuck surgery, and breast augmentation are just a few of the many procedures this medication is appropriate for. To make an appointment, prospective patients can contact O'Neill Plastic Surgery at (843) 881-2130. Their office is located at 245 Seven Farms Dr. #210, Daniel Island, SC 29492‎. They work with patients throughout Greater Charleston and the Lowcountry.

About O'Neill Plastic Surgery
Patrick J. O’Neill, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon, offering cosmetic, reconstructive, and hand surgery at his practice in Charleston. Along with his staff, Dr. O’Neill provides a warm and welcoming office atmosphere to patients looking to improve the way they look and feel. With careful consideration in surgical planning and the collaborative, supportive approach, patients can explore a full range of surgeries and feel informed about their surgical options at O'Neill Plastic Surgery.

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