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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 
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