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Spinal Cord Disorders board


I took Celebrex (an NSAID like Ibuprofen) for arthritis regularly before my ACDF. My neursurgeon told me not to take it post-surgery for at least 2 weeks. I asked him at my 3 week post op appt if I should resume taking it and he replied that the longer I can avoid taking it until the 6 week point, the better. His explanation was that as an anti-inflammatory it would reduce the swelling and pain in my throat, but it is that same inflamation that helps to promote fusion in the first 6 weeks, which is a bigger priority.

Unless someone here has reviewed the research to know to what extent it slows down fusion, if at all, it is unlikey that anyone here would feel it appropriate to advise you either to ignore, or to follow for that matter, your neurosurgeon's prescription.

Would you feel comfortable calling her office and asking her about it?

Wishing you a speedy recovery,
Debbie
Gurnee, IL
I was also on Celebrex pre-surgery, and asked my surgeon about it. He also prescribed 1 ibuprofen to be added into my preop meds at the hospital. He says he always takes his patients off of it for lumbar and thoracic surgeries, but does not find it necessary for cervical ones. Must be some new research or something, as he is apparently seen as the foremost in this field in the mid-South, at least, and pretty up on his game. Guess it has something to do with the amount of pressure and friction generated in the lower vertebrae vs. that on the cervical area when a collar is in place. Guess we all just need to trust our individual MD's and ask lots of questions when we don't understand their line of thinking. :)