American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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5 years ago

Pain medication

Is it safe to take motrin for pain and also take heparin SQ after abdominalplasty with breast lift

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Location: Lackawanna, NY

Replies 6

Andre Levesque
ASPS Surgeon

Thank you for your question.

The combination should be safe though it is up to your surgeon’s comfort that excellent hemostasis was achieved at surgery and you are well hydrated with no contraindications to either medication. I use the combination as part of an (ERAS) early recovery after surgery protocol that has revolutionized patient comfort following lipoabdominoplasty in my patients.

Best Dr. L

Ajaya Kashyap
ASPS Surgeon

It. Is safe to take SQ heparin and Motrin ( ibuprofen) after major procedures . It does increase the risk of bleeding, however, and your surgeon should be able to guide you with your pain control. I usually give narcotics for pain relief, for the first few days and SQ heparin is given for preventing DVT for a very short duration.

Gary Culbertson
ASPS Surgeon
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The answer normally is yes. But, this a question you should be asking your surgeon. They are more familiar with your medical history & should be able to guide you through pain control in the post-operative period. Best,

Gary R Culbertson. MD, FACS

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your excellent question. Though always best to clear any medication use/changes with your physician, this combination can safely be performed. hope this helps.

Jon Ver Halen

Dear Tammy,

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. In general, it is safe to use both motrin and subcu heparin postop after a tummy tuck. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and you can have a physical examination to evaluate for that procedure. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!


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