The opioid crisis is becoming of utmost concern to healthcare providers across the board.
The role of the oral surgeon in this crisis is something we take seriously. It is thought oftentimes that patients who are intimidated by narcotics and stay away, receive the medications for legitimate reasons, use them responsibly, but in later years are less afraid to try these drugs recreationally. This can lead to addiction.
We have therefore embraced the use of Exparel — an injectable form of liposomal bupivacaine, to inject directly in to the surgical site. Exparel provides postoperative pain relief that lasts for days.
Pills not prescribed, as of December 2017:
300 is the current number.