- Reviewed by Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor
Regular cannabis users may have higher risks of experiencing complications before, during, and after surgery, a new analysis suggests.
For the study, published online July 5, 2023, by JAMA Surgery, researchers analyzed more than 62,000 hospitalizations among adults (average age 53, 44% women) for major elective surgeries in the United States from 2016 to 2019. A group of 6,211 surgical patients with cannabis use disorder — defined as continued cannabis use despite health or social problems — was compared with the same number of patients without the disorder. The researchers found that patients with cannabis use disorder were about 20% more likely to experience a significant complication around the time of surgery, such as heart attack, acute kidney injury, stroke, breathing difficulties, blood clots, and hospital-acquired infections.
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Maureen Salamon, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor
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