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Posted by Jill D on October 23, 2000 at 14:09:35:

Howdy - well, I just had my first post-surgery dr. appointment, and it went okay. When I asked him about having continued pain, he did tell me it could take up to 6 months or longer to see how well this was going to work for me. (funny - he never told me that BEFORE surgery!) I asked for different pain reliever than tylenol #3 and he gave me Vioxx 25 mg. This is an anti-inflammatory (like an extra strong advil). I have read and heard from the other neurosurgeon who saw me while I was in the hospital that you should NOT take anti-inflammatory meds after a fusion surgery, because it can interfere with the fusion process and cause fusion to fail. I asked my doc about this, and he said "you don't need to worry about that since you don't smoke". But I am a little worried about taking these - I absolutely don't want to do anything to jeapordize the fusion healing properly. Has anyone else been told to stay away from anti-inflammatories, or been perscribed them after fusion? I'm just not sure what to do here. I might make an appointment with my family dr. and see what he says - I trust him a lot more than the neurosurgeon. What do you guys think? Thanks for any ideas, info.
Jill

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