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When after back surgery can i drink alcohol?

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Depends: Don't drink alcohol until your wound has healed and you are fully off of narcotics and muscle relaxants. These meds are not to be taken with alcohol. And as always....Moderation is the key. One glass of wine after a month may be okay but several drinks is usually not a good idea. Speak to your md for detailed info regarding your specific case.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to drink alcohol before surgery?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No!: It is never ok to drink alcohol before surgery no matter how nervous you may legitimately feel. Alcohol makes the platelets less effective so you are more likely to bleed for a longer period of time during surgery. This raises the risk of complications. Also, alcohol can mess up your chemistry (electrolytes) which can cause problems with anesthesia & breathing support also increasing complications

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