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Can you have surgery if having a relapse?

I have an upcoming knee surgery. At some point I will be called for it without much notice, but I was told 4-6 months, landing me in my summer relapse time.  Would this likely be an issue?  My relapses do tend to escalate the issues in the leg being operated on, even if it's not the major thing.  Last July, my relapse was throat/airway/facial weakness and trouble swallowing -- pretty sure it wouldn't have been a great time for an anesthesia.

There is always hope that the copaxone will have kicked in by then.  Otherwise, I'm wondering if  I should just contact the surgeon's office and suggest that he delay me until September when I tend to be in better shape.

Does anyone here have any experience with surgery/relapse?
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667078 tn?1316000935
I would talk to your Neurologist.

on my list of things to ask for next week's appointment .. but there is never enough time ... :)
667078 tn?1316000935
I would bring it up first. Write it down and anything else you need to talk about. I make a short list and go over it with the doctor. My PCP says it great because I get what I need. I not only say what is not working but what is working.

1831849 tn?1383228392
I am having hip replacement surgery in May. I am meeting with my neurologist a monthe before. As it's been over 4 years since my last relapse (SPMS) I don't anticipate having one in May. That said I will have a full discussion about meds, anesthesia etc. I will have the same discussion with the surgeon and anasthesiologist.

For what it's worth, when ai had the other hip replaced  had MS, but didn't know it, and everything was fine :-)

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