American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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3 years ago


So I just got a breast augmentation and my surgeon prescribed me Norco and valium and I was just curious why he would prescribe me valium ad well as the norcos. I undeestand why i would be prescribed the norcos but I'm confused why in addition of the norco he would prescribe the valium as well.. Does it to help with pain?

Procedure: Breast Augmentation
Location: Citrus heights, CA

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Daniel Allan

This is exactly the sort of question you should address to your surgeon.

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Each surgeon has their own post-surgery protocol and it is best to ask yours for their rationale.

Curtis Wong
ASPS Surgeon

Valium is an antispasmodic medication and when implants are placed under the muscle, this often helps during the recovery but each surgeon has their go to drugs. I used to use SOMA until the pharmacies nixed that and now have to settle for Flexeril. Patients choose whether they want this as there are other tricks to managing spasms post op. But as the others have said, its always best to check with your surgeon for his/her rationale and realize that you can always refuse to take a medication if you feel you can do without it.

Katerina Gallus
ASPS Surgeon
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Kara, Hello and thank you for your question. I often prescribe valium for my submuscular breast augmentation patients as it can alleviate any muscle pain/spasm after surgery. I find it is better than the Norco (narcotic). I also offer a narcotic free recovery protocol to my patients and tailor the post-operative medications to the patient and the surgery. I would check with your surgeon as to their rationale.


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