I am due to have cosmetic surgery wed jan 18,2012. I only took 4 mlgs today and was going to try not to take it again till the surgery but I am an addict so I can promise anything but I am very worried that I'm going to die from a side effect of suboxone & anesthia. Does anyone know if it's a life threating issue? I have 2 beautiful boys and a husband I love very much I don't want to die for a cosmetic issue. Please help don't know what to do!! I tell dr.'s all day and they don't even know what I'm taking about they like you'll be fine... I don't know I've looked up info online and it doesn't look so good.
But you will be fine. You almost made me laugh ;-)
The way you phrased the question makes it sound like they use a different type of anesthesia for cosmetic surgery, than if they were doing life saving heart surgery. It doesn't matter what the surgery is for. I had major surgery while taking 18 mg a day of Sub. I was also scared from reading what ignorant people say online. I was fine. You will be fine too. I'm not sure if it even matters, but make sure you tell all your docs you take Suboxone and tell them how much you take. If you stay off Sub 24 to 36 hours that should be plenty. Stay 48 hours if you like. Just be honest with them. The only time people die is when they lie to the doctors and nurses. My surgery was emergency surgery and I was only off Sub about 36 hours. I was so paranoid in pre-op that the anesthesiologist started to become offended. He thought I was calling him stupid. I wasn't, I was just scared.
More than you are my dear, because there was no one like me to reassure me. I've had anesthesia 3 times since I've been on Sub. I am fine. Nothing happened. They also kept me totally out of pain with Morphine injections while in the hospital, and MsContin when I came home. I was ok. Everyone online had scared the bagoonies out of me for nothing. The Doctors knew what they were doing. I was pleasantly surprised. So fear not young lady, you will be fine too.
There are no contraindications, but if you are very concerned, there is nothing that says you can't call the Anesthesiologist before the surgery. There is always a risk with ANY anesthesia, not to scare you, but the Drs. will tell you that when you go into surgery. That's why we sign release wavers. They have to tell you all possibilities of both surgery & anesthesia. But, knowing that, I've gone into surgery before after having taken my morning Subox... just a few weeks ago for a stomach scope:) Good luck!
I so much agree with Thor. You must tell them what you are on. Usually the anestesiologist will come in & talk to you before the procedure to make sure you are not allergic to anything as a lot of people are. PLEASE tell them as they sometimes mix morphine or some other pain med with the anestetic. We sure don't want anything to go wrong. My best to you...
Dear Girl, there is no problem taking suboxone and having an anesthetic. You will be fine. Depending on the type of cosmetic surgery you are having will determine the amount of pain you will have. For the pain killers to work post op you will need to be off the suboxone for at least 3-4 days and then you will most likely need more than the standard dose to be able to have your pain relieved.
Yes, the addict in you will want to take more of the opiates than prescribed. I had to have some surgery a couple of months ago. I have been on 2 mg of sub for 41/2 mos. I was off the sub for 3 days. At first my sub doc told me to take 3 of the norcos to have the pain relieved. This worked. After that I was able to take two and be just fine. But I will tell you that having the opiates around really tempted me to take more and more. I am an addict. I made sure that my sub doc, my counselor, and my sponsor all knew about the opiates I had in my possession. This kept me accountable.
I suggest you do this also.
As far as the anesthesia goes, you will be fine. I hope that you are going to have an anesthesia provider give you the anesthesia instead of the plastic surgeon give it to you while operating. If you are going to have a general you will definitely have an anesthesia provider. Just make sure that where you are having it done is a reputable facility. If so you will be just fine. Make sure you do not eat or drink anything after midnight and if you smoke I would refrain from smoking for at least 24 hrs prior to having the procedure. Don't worry. You will b fine. Make sure you align your support group for your post op pain med regimen.
Good luck and God bless. Pup
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