Pain Pump for Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) performed by Dr. Lapuerta is a major plastic surgery procedure. While you will see fantastic results, it will take time to heal and enjoy your new figure. The tummy tuck procedure itself will take several hours, but you will be given anesthesia at this time. After your procedure is completed, pain will be controlled by using a pain pump.

If you are in the Houston, Texas area, and are interested in finding out more about the pain pump used during the tummy tuck procedure, please contact triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Lapuerta today.

On-Q® Pain Pump

To keep you comfortably numb while you heal in the days immediately following your tummy tuck procedure, Marcaine anesthetic is delivered directly to the area of the abdomen via a pain pump called the On-Q Pain Relief System. This system sends the anesthetic continuously for 100 hours to make the pain more bearable.

On-Q pain pump works by delivering the anesthetic through a balloon that slowly deflates as the medicine flows through a length of tubing to a catheter. The catheter “bathes” the site with medication and numbing the pain. There are no buttons for you to push. The medication simply flows on its own at a measured rate so you are not given too much at once. After the medication has finished and the reserve is empty, you can pull the catheter out yourself.

Pain Pump Advantages

  • Recovery from surgery is more comfortable
  • Pain relief is better than with narcotics alone
  • Less need for narcotics
  • Side-effects and complications associated with narcotics are avoided
  • Return to your own bed on the day of your tummy tuck
  • Reduced time to return to your busy life

By using the On-q pain pump, you can focus less on the discomfort of recovery and focus on those things that are important to you.

If you are interested in finding out more about how the On-Q pain pump can aid in your tummy tuck recovery, please contact experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Lapuerta. Dr. Lapuerta serves the Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland, and Friendswood, Texas area.