Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
Non-Narcotic (Opioid) Post-Operative Medication
We at Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery are deeply invested in our patient’s safety, comfort, and wellbeing. Traditional postoperative pain control relies on narcotic medications, also known as opioids, to reduce surgical pain. Common narcotic medications include Vicodin, Norco, Oxycontin, and Fentanyl. While effective in acute, immediate pain control these drugs can have significant physical, emotional, and societal side effects.
Narcotic medications are highly addictive, as evidenced by the nationwide epidemic affecting communities and families everywhere. They also commonly cause nausea and vomiting, and can even decrease or stop a person from breathing at very high doses. It is our goal as compassionate physicians to provide comfort to our patients as well as compassion to our community. Recent scientific studies have shown a significant reduction in post-operative pain using various non-narcotic medications in place of traditional opioids.
Taking cues from this cutting edge science, Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery has adopted an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol to reduce your postoperative pain, reduce the amount of narcotics, and improve your overall postoperative experience. Also known as Multi-Modality Anesthesia, this includes extensive patient education in the pre-operative setting, as well as minimizing narcotics during your surgery. Through a combination of non-narcotic pain relievers, our patients have been reporting significantly reduced post-procedural pain and a greater satisfaction with their care.
Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery ERAS Program
- Pre-op: starting before your procedure
- celecoxib (anti-inflammatory pain reliever)
- acetaminophen (central-acting pain reliever)
- gabapentin (nerve pain reliever)
- ondansetron (anti-nausea medication)
- Post-op: continuing around the clock for 3-5 days after your procedure
- ondansetron and tramadol as needed