Opioid-Free Surgery and Recovery
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a top female plastic surgeon that works closely with her patients to provide customized treatment and results. During your consultation, she will discuss your goals for surgery and help you choose the best option for anesthesia that is right for you.
Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-413-9525 for more information about opioid-free/reduced surgery. At Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery, we strive to provide the best and most suitable care for men and women from Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Cloud, Wayzata, Minnetonka and throughout Minnesota.
Who is a Good Candidate for Opioid-Free/Reduced Surgery?Opioid-free/reduced surgery and recovery is best suited for individuals who may experience adverse reactions, such as postoperative nausea and vomiting, and those who may be susceptible to opioid misuse. You may be a good candidate for our opioid-free/reduced surgery if you have one or more of these symptoms:
- Narcotic abuse history
- History of postoperative nausea/vomiting
- Opioid intolerance (itching, constipation)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- History of chronic pain
- Immune deficiency
- Inflammatory diseases
What opioid-free/reduced surgery and recovery can offer:
- Reduced need for pain medication after surgery
- Decreased postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Reduced chance of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)
- Reduced risk of allergic reaction
- Enhanced recovery and satisfaction
Men and women seeking the following treatments may benefit from this surgical option:
What to Expect during Surgery
- Reduced postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Faster wake-up after surgery which could result in shorter recovery room times and earlier discharge
- Smoother wake up with less grogginess and confusion
- A reduced stress response by the body
- Reduced risk of blood clots
To administer TIVA, our certified anesthesia provider will use an IV to inject the non-opioid anesthesia medications intravenously. TIVA uses a calculated system for precise dosage and delivery of medication(s) required to keep you anesthetized and your pain managed. We will continue to monitor your vitals and dosage throughout the entire surgery to maintain your safety and comfort.
Once you are under anesthesia, a local anesthetic nerve block will be administered in the area of surgery. This can help not only to control discomfort during the procedure, but also provide pain relief for hours after the surgery. At our practice, we also offer Exparel extended-release local anesthetic. This long-acting local anesthetic numbs the area it is injected to for 48 to 72 hours after injection. This prolonged numbing effect can help support an easier recovery with little to no pain.
Recovery with Opioid-Free/Reduced Anesthesia
Dr. Harrington may recommend that you take certain medications before surgery to proactively help reduce any possible discomfort and nausea.
Even though you may not be experiencing significant pain, it is still vital that you rest following your surgery. Dr. Harrington will discuss your recovery period beforehand, and you should avoid most activities for a few days to weeks, depending on your surgical procedure. Dr. Harrington will provide you with post-surgery instructions, including your rest and recovery period, and you should follow those guidelines to optimize your results.
If you’re looking for alternatives to traditional anesthetic, opioid-free/reduced surgery may be right for you. If you have questions or would like more information about our anesthesia options, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-413-9525 today.