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Question - supplements

ScottiegalSScottiegal Posts: 106
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I know that anti-inflammatories are bad for you after fusion surgery, but what about beforehand? I'm not actually taking any at the moment, but because I've had two chest infections this winter, I'm wanting to take echinchae which also has anti-inflammatory properties. Has anybody been told not to take these or over the counter vitamin supplements?


  • But my my Dr had me on Vitamins A, C, Calcium+D, E and Zinc after my surgery. But rather than take a handful of vitamins I went to Vitamin World and got their Ultra Woman Active or something like that....has much much more of all the vitamins than your standard multi-vitamin.
  • The general rule is to stop NSAIDs such as Aleve, ibuprofen etc. at least five days before surgery; recommendations to stop Aspirin, Vitamin E, fish oil supplements, ginseng, gingko biloba, St. John's Wort vary from one to two weeks before surgery as they can increase bleeding. The jury is out on echinacea; my surgeon said no herbals. NSAIDS cause a reversible inhibition of cyclo-oxygenase (COX2) enzyme of platelets, whereas aspirin and Vit. E cause an irreversible inhibition of cyclo-oxygenase enzyme of platelets and therefore their effects last the life of the platelet which is 9-13 days. Ask your surgeon for his/her recommendation.
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