Enhancing Recovery After Surgery
At Dr. Kara Plastic Surgery we strive to provide a better surgical experience by incorporating new advancements in medicine to offer our patients less downtime and less pain following surgery.
Bupivacaine anesthetic is a commonly used numbing injection that has been found to reduce recovery time following surgery for those undergoing complex procedures, such as liposuction combined with abdominoplasty.
A recent study has proven that the use of this anesthetic has significantly reduced recovery time for patients undergoing liposuction combined with other complex procedures, such as abdominoplasty. The study compared three groups of patients and found that those receiving the bupivacaine for two types of surgical procedures had an overall shorter length of hospital stay as compared to those who did not receive this anesthetic (19 hours versus 36 hours in hospital for recovery, post-surgery).1
The study also found that the use of this anesthetic is not only beneficial for patient recovery but also safe. There were no adverse side effects for patients receiving bupivacaine or those in the control group. The researchers hypothesized that the reduced length of hospital stay was in part due to an improvement in postoperative pain management for those who received the bupivacaine; this is believed to be because this form of anesthetic is long-lasting and absorbed rapidly.2
Patient satisfaction is paramount to us, and we endeavour to find the most effective, beneficial ways to satisfy our patients, keep them safe and reduce recovery time and side effects. As such, we have incorporated this anesthetic into our surgical repertoire to help our patients get back to reality quicker, following surgery. If you would like to hear more about these types of procedures, contact us for a consultation to discuss your needs.
1 Failey, CL, Rahul Vemula, Gregory Borah, Henry Hsia (2009) “Intraoperative use of bupivacaine for tumescent liposuction: the Robert Wood Johnson experience.” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009;124(4):1304-11