Was just typing up my meds list to share with hospital nurse on phone interview tonight & had an awful thought that the 3 ibuprofen/day I'm taking for my torn meniscus might be a very bad 'no no' prior to having my colon resection next Thursday.
Ibuprofen "promotes bleeding" according to my surgeon. I was advised against taking it both before and after surgery. Tramadol is also in the same family of drugs and I was given that after the surgery but was told to stop after a couple of weeks for the same reason. Can you switch to Tylenol? I know it's not as effective (I also have a torn meniscus) but it will take the edge off and there is no danger of bleeding. Also, I developed mild anemia after the surgery so you might avoid the ibuprofen for a few weeks afterward. I took Tylenol with Codeine for the post-surgery pain after the Tramadol and it works pretty good. Just be sure to take it with food since it causes some stomach discomfort (at least with me).
Good luck, you will feel much better after you recover!
Trust me, they will give you plenty of pain meds in the hospital, do not take Ibuprofin etc...Maek sure to ask about the Torodol if narcotics make you sick, I am telling you this stuff worked wonders on me!