I am scheduled for an Axialif (pending approval from insurance company)on March 18.
I have learned that smoking keeps bone from growing so I plan to quit on surgery day and use nicotine gum. Is it the nicotine in cigarettes or the other chemicals that keeps bone from growing/fusing?
I am taking Voltaren for oa. My os informed me today that I would be taken off of it and not to take any NSAIDS because they prevent bone growth.
I am taking fish oil, cosamin asu, pycnogenol and boswellia for my oa. The os stated the fish oil and cosamin asu would be ok to keep taken but he was not sure about the other herb suppliments.
Does anyone who has oa and had a spinal fusion have any suggestion where I may be able to look or research whether or not I should stop taking the other suppliments?
Any thoughts, suggestion or personal experience controling your oa would be greatly appreciated.
Severe OA lumber, hips, knees
Hernited discs L2 to L5
Microdictemomy March 09 at L5
Re-hernition at L5 - July 09
Spinal Fusion scheduled for March 18, 2010 (Axialif)to fuse L5 and facet joints
Pain medicine Percocet 10/325 4 times a day and Voltaren