Question: I Am Allergic to Codeine. Any Suggestions for Pain Control After Mommy Makeover?
Answer: Many options
Pain control post-op is of great importance. The less pain, the more you are walking around which equates to less complications and a better overall sense of your recovery. Narcotics, like codeine, have issues. Still, most patients need something post-op.
In addition to narcotics, other meds can be used like muscle relaxers, gabapentin/Neurontin, Celebrex (if not sulfa allergic), etc. All are non-narcotic in nature. Another option which I have used for the past year is Exparel which is an injectable, long lasting (3-4 days), delayed release pain medicine (Marcaine) which is injected into the muscle layer. I found this works amazingly well for most patients.