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Anesthesia and Cocaine

02/28/2011

Question:

I have surgery (breast augmentation) scheduled for March 1st. Last night I had a few drinks with my friend for her birthday and she had cocaine. I stupidly did a line (like a half inch long), a very small one, not thinking about having surgery 2 days later. I`m very worried I`m going to die when I have surgery. Will I be ok. It really was such a small amount but I`m still very nervous. I tried to call my doc today but he was unavailable.

Answer:

You need to disclose your cocaine intake to your anesthesia provider, as well as provide a full medical history, including all prescription and recreational medicines and allergies.

Netwellness is not an advice service and your medical practitioners are the only people in a position to give you advice on this matter.

As a general principle, patients who are acutely intoxicated with cocaine or other stimulants should not undergo general anesthesia for elective surgery.

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Response by:

Gareth S Kantor, MD Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University