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back from NS

I had a POSTERIOR CERVICAL CECOMPRESSION FUSION 11 1/2 weeks ago and had my first post surgery appointment with NS. He showed me before (instability) and after x-rays and now my spine is straight. 3 rods and screws. I still have some pain but not as bad.

One thing I am not sure of is he wants me to stay off celebrex for another 2 or 3 mts. I already have been off almost 3 mts. He said it takes a long time to heal. Does this sound normal? Anyone else hear this before? thank you jinky



  • Pain Medications • Do not take NSAID medications (Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, etc.) or Cox-2 inhibitors (Celebrex, etc.) for 3-6 months following surgery. • Tylenol can be taken as needed. • Narcotic pain medications are prescribed if Tylenol is inadequate. • You should not allow pain get out of control before taking medication or it will be less effective. • We will not refill pain medications over the weekend or after hours. Anticipate the need for medication refills. Now I feel better jinky
  • Is that the NSAID can inhibit the bone from fusing as the reason why.
    Bilateral pars defect L5
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