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If a recovering addict with 4 years clean has surgery & has to take pain pills, how does she do it without getting re-addicted? I can't take the pain!

If a recovering addict with 4 years clean has surgery & has to take pain pills, how does she do it without getting re-addicted? I can't take the pain!

Avoid narcotics: This requires a frank conversation with your sponsor and your doc. There are some great non-narcotic pain relievers that you can use. Unfortunately, your history of opioid abuse has likely decreased your pain tolerance. You might have to endure a little more post-op pain than someone who can take opioids. In the end, you need to maintain your sobriety. Call your sponsor and then call your doc. ...Read more

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What to do if I am scared I'm turning into a plastic surgery addict?

What to do if I am scared I'm turning into a plastic surgery addict?

Independent opinion: When in doubt regarding any medical question, consider getting a second opinion. In your case, seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon, not connected in any way to your present surgeon (preferably unknown to him/her, or at least don't reveal his/her identity). Make it clear to the second surgeon that you are NOT considering surgery with this him or her, and you'll get an honest opinion. ...Read more

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Why do heroin addicts often end up needing heart surgery?

Why do heroin addicts often end up needing heart surgery?

Endocarditis: Intravenous drug use is can introduce bacteria into the blood stream either from the needle or the skin. These bacteria can infect the heart valves. This is called endocarditis. This can sometimes be treated with antibiotics (and treatment for drug addiction), but sometimes also requires surgery. ...Read more

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What is the heart surgery that heroin addicts usually end up needing?

What is the heart surgery that heroin addicts usually end up needing?

Valve teplacement: IV drug use can introduce bacteria into the blood stream, which can destroy the heart valve or make them not function well. the valves can sometimes be repaired, but often have to be replaced. if the IV drug use continues, the risk of recurrent infection is very high. ...Read more

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Rx 4 fentanyl patch25 was on perc 10 read warnings scared to use it am in severe pain pending multiple surgeries don't want to die or become an addict?

Pain management: Guidelines for analgesic use published by the american pain society recommend that, as a general rule, any analgesic regimen should include a nonopioid drug even if the pain is severe enough to require the addition of an opioid. It is also suggested that analgesic medications, especially the opioids, be prescribed on a scheduled, around the clock. Rec.: talk to your surgeon about pain management. ...Read more

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Am outside the u.s so if I want to have surgery wat can I do?

Am outside the u.s so if I want to have surgery wat can I do?

Consult a surgeon!: The US does not have a monopoly on surgeons. There are qualified surgeons everywhere in the world. Just as I would advise in the US, do a bit of research to try to find the best hospital in the area and a surgeon with good credentials. You may also want to get a second opinion. One thing you will find is that surgery outside the US is probably much more affordable! ...Read more

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In your 30's 40's and 50's, what are the chances of needing any kind of surgery?

In your 30's 40's and 50's, what are the chances of needing any kind of surgery?

Not rare: I can't give you a percentage, but if you consider all the variety of procedures possible, from oral extractions to skin lesions to orthopoedic repairs to simple hernias to the complex GI procedure to cardiothoracic procedures, there's a good chance something will be needed, and i'm not even including colonoscopy and other endoscopic procedures. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had rk surgery in the 80, s and now need catarac surgery how will that go ?

I had rk surgery in the 80, s and now need catarac surgery how will that go    ?

Okay: Previous rk surgery makes predicting the implant powers difficult. This means it is possible that you may need more than just one surgery to get your eye where it need to be. Work with your eye surgeon and good luck! ...Read more

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How popular in the u.S. Is labiaplasty and vaginoplasty surgery ?

How popular in the u.S. Is labiaplasty and vaginoplasty surgery ?

In Miami, popular: In miami this is a very popular procedure. I'm not sure about the rest of the country but in south florida we do see quite a few women who want cosmetic surgery on the labia. *** dr. Arthur *** *** marquis plastic surgery *** *** www.Arthurmd.Com ***. ...Read more

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