Non-Opioid Use for Pain After C-sections


You might be surprised to know that c-sections are the most common surgery performed in the United States and more than half of patients who have a c-section are prescribed an opioid for pain management but, that can expose mom to potentially harmful side effects and in light of the opioid crisis many physicians are steering away from these powerful drugs.

Women’s Health try’s to aim for an opioid-free c-section. There have been many advancements in health care over the years, there’s been little innovation in childbirth since the 1980s but today women can recover and manage pain after a c-section through the use of effective non-opioid options. That can greatly reduce and sometimes eliminate the need for opioids. Doctor Cherot has come up with the help of a long-lasting analgesic called Exparel, it’s a long-acting numbing medication that is put into the incision at the time of closure. It is very similar to numbing a tooth during a dental procedure and lasts for two to three days.

Exparel has been around since 2012 and over 6 million patients have used it, and a great website has been set up to help expecting women have that discussion with their doctors. From more information visit

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