Total Knee Replacement And Methamphetamine Addiction

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SHEILA Says:
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I'm seeing new PCP in the morning. I'm afraid that my addiction to methamphetamine will prevent me getting knee replacement surgery that is desperately needed. My knee pain is excruciating. Will they let me have knee replacement surgery?



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Sheila! How are you? I'm very sorry that you're in so much pain.

They will most likely want you to get your addiction under control, before doing the surgery. An illicit substance, such as this one, can affect the anesthesia and put you in great danger, if taken too close to the surgery.

It would be best to be honest with your doctor, so they can help you and then you can get the surgery you need.

The FDA classifies Methamphetamine as being highly addictive and it may cause dangerous side effects, such as heart attack and stroke.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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BL Says:
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Your pain meds will be limited when you go home, if you receive anything at all since you are at a high risk of abusing pain meds as well. Because methamphetamine may interact in a negative way with other meds they may give you during and after the surgery they will want you off of it. If for any reason you're still taking it when you have your surgery, you will end up going into withdrawals after the surgery which will make recovery much harder than it already is.

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