New Ways to Treat Post-Operative Plastic Surgery Pain

August 09, 2022


There are new ways to treat pain after cosmetic surgery in an effort to minimize the use of opioids.

According to Lauren C. Nigro, M.D., a board certified plastic surgeon with The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center at Mercy, there will always be some element of discomfort after any surgical procedure, but doctors now have new ways of treating pain.

"Beginning at the pre-operative portion of the surgery, we're able to give medications that help reduce post-operative pain, including Tylenol and other agents. Inter-operatively, we can do adjunct measures such as injections with numbing medications and blocks," Dr. Nigro said.

As a result, Dr. Nigro noted that patients have found they are taking fewer narcotics post-operatively.

View Dr. Nigro's interview on new ways of treating post-operative pain.

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Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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