Will weed affect local anesthesia, I'm having a labiaplasty under local anesthesia. I don't smoke cigarettes but I smoke weed.

Will it affect local anesthesia? Also when can I smoke afterwards? Are edibles ok? I am in excellent health and I have excellent lungs. I know this is not the norm but I am a competitive long distance runner and it has never slowed me down .

Doctor Answers 6

Marijuana use prior to surgery

Marijuana usage prior to surgery is not an issue but I would highly not recommend smoking or ingesting anything on the day of surgery.Please, also let your surgeon know that you do smoke marijuana.

Santa Monica OB/GYN
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Edibles better than smoke

Edibles would be fine, but smoking can decrease circulation, even if your lungs are healthy. There's no risk with local anesthesia, but I would not use any marijuana products the day of your surgery.

Adam J. Oppenheimer, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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OK for local


You should be OK for local but might heal more slowly than other patients.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Local anesthesia after recent marijuana use shouldn't be problematic

Most issues with marijuana relate to interactions with general anesthesia and intravenous sedatives. Local anesthesia should not pose a problem.

Marco A. Pelosi III, MD
Jersey City OB/GYN
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Any effect of marijuana/cannabis on genital plastic surgery recovery?

Modest usage of cannabis will not affect your healing/recovery, nor the local anesthesia. The key however is "modest." Best to bring down inhalation or ingestion to less than your daily average, if you're using > 1 joint/day. Cannabis doesn't constrict small blood  vessels, but heavy usage may restrict oxygen-carrying capacity to the tissues...  No difference inhalation or ingestion.


Michael P Goodman, MD
Davis, CA, USA

Will weed affect local anesthesia, I'm having a labiaplasty under local anesthesia. I don't smoke cigarettes but I smoke weed.

Thank you for your question.  I would recommend stopping smoking weed for at least a few weeks prior to your labiaplasty.  For an elective procedure such as a labiaplasty you want to optimize all of your possible surgical risk factors and though smoking weed does not have the nicotine effects on blood vessels it does reduce the oxygen carrying capacity of blood which can possibly limit your body's ability to heal its incisions.  Hope this helps. 

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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