© 2020 Jessica Duraney
Research shows that adequate pain control is associated with increased patient satisfaction, faster rehabilitation, mobilization, reduced hospital stays, and ultimately decreased hospital costs. Due to the many disadvantages of opioids, such as ileus, nausea, vomiting, respiratory depression, tolerance, and physical dependence, there has been a push for opioid-sparing and multimodal analgesia perioperatively. The purpose of this paper is to compare two local anesthetics, bupivacaine and Exparel (liposomal bupivacaine). The use of these drugs in various regional techniques, specifically for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and abdominal surgeries, will be discussed.
Duraney, Jessica, "Exparel Versus Bupivacaine: Outcomes, Advantages, And Costs" (2020). Nurse Anesthesia Capstones. 38.