I have been using tramadol for over 10 years for back pain. Now i need Knee Surgery and the surgeon told me I cannot use it for a week before surgery.

1. I would have extreme withdrawal symptoms

2. I cannot function/get of out bed without it, otherwise I wouldn't be using it. I will not have back surgery and end up worse like a few friends, so I stay on the tramadol which relieves the pain and my pain management doctor is OK that I stay on it as it works.

Now I have a dilemma since my knee surgeon wants me to stop it.

I have been cleared by all doctors needed for the surgery but the surgeon is adamant about stopping the tramadol.

Can anyone give me a good reason as to why?

It would be so much work to find another doctor after I got all the clearances for this surgery.

Thank you.