Surgery on my ear ahhhh question :)
Author: glen bee
Posted: 05/02 08:01 AM
I'd really appreciate it if you could read this and give me your opinions about my upcoming surgery, sorry if it's long...
I have been on sub for about 2.5 years. I was on 8mg the whole time but I have been slowly tapering since January. Currently I am at 1.5 mg per day now and have been there for 3 weeks. I am having surgery to remove a cholesteatoma which is a non cancerous tumor in my ear that has been blocking my hearing and generally making me nuts for some time! I have procrastinated this surgery because of sub but now I have to get it taken out.
This is an outpatient procedure and I am not super worried about post op pain. The ENT surgeon said it shouldn't be too bad although they have to go in behind the ear. I told him about my sub and related issues but he doesn't seem to really know much about it. he said I could recoup from the surgery with ibuprofen or Motrin. He still gave me a script for 30 hydrocodone 5/500 which btw I could care less about--- how's that for sub?!!! the old me would have chewed up 6 of them in the pharmacy parking lot!!
The concern I have is will they be able to properly knock me out for this thing? Dr Junig's article here http://suboxonetalkzone.com/im-on-suboxone-can-i-have-surgery/ suggests that I will be ok I think...
I am going to talk to the anesthesiologist beforehand and make sure they know about my sub and that I will have a huge tolerance to opioids so they have the extra supply on hand. Would it make any difference if I stop the sub 3 days before surgery at this level if I am not concerned about post op pain? I could stop the sub and take the lortab if I w/d but is that even necessary considering I am only on 1.5 mg sub per day?
Any other tips??
Thanks my friends,