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will smoking weed affect getting surgery? im getting put under for a circumscision

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
There : There are two issues here to consider, one the effect of smoking on recovery from surgery and the other the effect of the drug, marijuana itself. Marijuana contains chemicals called cannabinoids that affect the central nervous system. Smoking affects the ability of the lungs to oxygenate and clear particles and mucous from the lungs. In general, for an elective procedure, surgeons recommend to stop smoking a week before surgery to allow the lungs to recover from the effects of smoking. Cannabinoids tends to interact with a number of medications generally decreasing their effects when combined with anesthetic agens and other medications during and after surgery. Stop using marijuana at least 1-2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Probably not: The anesthesiologist will ask you a lot of questions, and you should answer honestly. Smoking cigarettes, which most weed smokers also smoke, will probably have more effects on general anesthesia than smoking weed, but if you smoke a lot of weed, it could also have effects too. Your answers are protected by medical confidentiality, but will be in that medical record.

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What kind of benefits does surgery abroad have for insurance company?

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Surgery abroad?: Meaning out of the us or area covered by the insurance carrier? If this is the case it is more difficult for claims and payment.

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