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Naprosyn or NSAIDS after ACDF

grandmesamomggrandmesamom Posts: 181
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I was wondering if it is common for surgeons to forbid Naprosyn,Ibuprofen or other antiinflammatories after ACDF. I was told that it interferes with the bones fusing. I remember my first surgery I was not allowed to take them for 6 months. I am having joint pain all over and I so badly want to take a naprosyn to see if it helps.
Do all surgeons forbid this? I really hate to take vicodin,but it even hurts to wash my hands!!!
Thanks, bethy


  • I had ACDF C5/6 last March and I could not take NSAIDs. I would take what ever the doctor recommended, you don't want to go through the fusion again because you took meds that the doctor told you not to take.
    I hope your healing goes quickly.
    Take care
  • I'm almost completely fused and my doctor still says no to ibuprofen because I have a tiny more fusing to do. I had surgery back in Oct.
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  • Hmmm. My doc said Advil was fine, no Tylenol because I was taking hydrocondone too. Last x-ray showed my neck fusing as it should. I guess it depends on the doctor, eh?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,527
    but not insist.
    But thats almost the same as the say about cigarette smoking.
    Both are known to impede the progression of fusion mending.
    I had a discussion about this with a friend who is a doctor:

    1) Smoking - Well person is crazy to smoke in any situation
    2) NSAIDS - Recommended NOT to, but some of the studies are not 100% conclusive.

    But my take, if there is the slightest chance to impact your fusion recovery, why risk it?
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I smoked but didn't take ibuprofen. I know it's a nasty habit and wish I didn't. I don't smoke much but couldn't even give it up knowing what it might do. But ibuprofen was easy to just not take and I'm almost completely fused. So hmmmm... I wish I hadn't taken that particular risk though. Looking back I was given the perfect opportunity to stop and didn't take it. But now I don't know which could be worse? I guess it really does depend on the doctor and the condtion of the discs before surgery and one's own body. Some people have to take ibuprofen after surgery for other issues. So I'm left scratching my head.
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  • I was told no anti inflammatories under any circumstances because it inhibits the fusion. even with the pain from the whiplash i still can't take them. just pain meds.
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