Smart Recovery at Chicago Iteld Plastic Surgery: What it is and why it matters

By: Dr. Lawrence Iteld


I believe that my patients can and do better with my tried-and-true Smart Recoverysm protocol that does not include pain nor addictive drugs. This approach:

  • Promotes patient rapid return to normal function
  • Improves patient experience
  • Decreases reliance on addictive medications
No pain AND no heavy drugs

What is our Smart Recovery

For most of my patients, I manage potential pain without unwanted medications, and without bulky pain pumps. How? You may wonder. This approach isn’t a specific drug; rather, it’s doing things differently. 

  • Before surgery, I give patients specifically selected medications. These include special anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the sensation of throbbing and aching, medication to reduce nerve sensitivity, and a pill to reduce the risk of nausea.
  • During surgery, I frequently use a unique long-lasting anesthetic that provides relief for 48- 72 hours after surgery. This gets patients over the first few days – when they need it most. The concept is that when patients’ pain is adequately controlled, they can more quickly and easily get around, and require less help from friends and family—in short, a better experience. When you wake from surgery, your pain is already managed. 
  • After surgery, some discomfort is normal and is usually handled with only Tylenol® during this recovery period. On the rare occasion over-the-counter solutions aren’t enough to manage a patient’s pain, I prescribe an appropriate pain reliever for a couple of days. We encourage light activities to help patients get back to their normal life.

Why Smart Recovery Matters

The drug crisis underscored the importance of rethinking pain management strategies, particularly for surgical patients. By embracing our Smart Recovery approach, you’ll discover that we effectively manage your pain while prioritizing your safety, comfort, and well-being. Through a combination of multimodal pain management, enhanced recovery protocols, non-pharmacological interventions, and education, we have paved the way for your surgical recovery to be truly pain-free, as well as free from the use of unnecessary drugs.

By embracing our Smart Recovery, you benefit from:

  • Faster Recovery: Enhanced pain management techniques facilitate a quicker recovery, allowing patients to return to their normal activities sooner.
  • Fewer Side Effects: These pain management strategies typically have fewer side effects, leading to improved overall comfort and patient well-being.
  • Reduced Risk of Addiction and Dependency: By eliminating exposure to addictive drugs, patients are less likely to develop dependence, thereby mitigating the risk of long-term harm.
  • Cost Savings: Since our Smart Recovery does not use addictive drugs, it can lead to reduced healthcare costs associated with long-term addiction issues.

A Better Approach

We are pleased to offer our Smart Recovery for nearly all surgical procedures. If you are considering any plastic surgery and want a better approach to pain management, please contact my patient coordinators at [email protected] to schedule a c onfidential consultation, call the312.757.4505 , or use our contact form.

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