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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Will they cancel my surgery because I took a painkiller not prescribed to me and smoked marijuana within 2 weeks of preop?


  • I don't think one painkiller will affect your surgery in two weeks. I've heard that marijuana can stay in your system for at least a month. Just to be safe...tell your surgeon (don't think he can say anything) and quit smoking it....
  • Not in the U.S. We have privacy rights concerning our medical histories and/or drug use. They won't cancel because of those things and they won't notify the cops.
  • Even if they do cancel, they can reschedule.
    Your health is most important.
    Better to be safe and disclose the truth to the surgeon.

    ps: Stop smoking that crap. :) :D
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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