Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

Fusion, NSAIDs, Cortisone...

Lala329LLala329 Posts: 283
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Quick question:

I know with bone fusion you have to avoid NSAIDs for 6 months. Does anyone know if it is also advised to avoid steroids (ie, cortisone injections) as well? I am no longer seeing my surgeon, but I am back at PM and considering an epidural for a disc issue unrelated to my fusion surgery but I am unsure whether the cortisone in the injection would have a negative effect on my bone graft.



  • I am not a doctor, but as far as I know, yes, you have to avoid all of the above after fusion, for how long, the advise varies from 3-6 months, best to check with your own doctor. Fosamax (for osteoporosis) should also be avoided, and with any new drug that is prescribed to you, it is best to ask the pharmacist, sometimes they know it better than the doctors.

  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I just asked my surgeon that question on Friday. I have continuing knee issues and told my spine surgeon I thought that as I increase physical activity my knee will act up and I could be prescribed a cortisone injection for my knee. My spine surgeon said if it is "absolutely essential" I could do one for my knee but he would not advise any more than that. He discourages steroids during the recovery in the first 6 months, but he understands sometimes steroids are absolutely essential.

    My plan is to avoid if possible.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
Sign In or Register to comment.