Dr. Gary H Hoffman: Postoperative pain control is as important as the operation itself. We offer liposomal bupivacaine also called Exparel. We’re able to offer it here at La Peer and give our patients prolonged pain relief. This is a newer pain formulation, this isn’t something that’s available in most major centers. And this is one of the advantages of La Peer Health Systems. We’ve been very happy with the results to date and using a combination of Exparel and Ketorolac and oral pain medication. Our postoperative patients have been able to obtain up to seven days of pain relief or pain-free state after an operation. I can’t tell you how important this is and I can’t underline it strongly enough. This is critically important in the recovery phase after a Hemorrhoidectomy, a Fistula procedure, or various other lower anal/rectal conditions. Patients are so used to being in pain after surgery, they’ve heard tales from their neighbors and their families, that they don’t often consider the fact that pain is not always mandatory. That’s the beauty of liposomal bupivacaine or Exparel. It can leave the patient pain-free after surgery and allow them to proceed back to daily life and their activities much quicker and much easier.
The board certified surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates can educate you about Exparel and its use as an anesthetic. You can schedule a confidential consultation by calling (310)273-2310.