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Could I take prednisone to help heal from back surgery?

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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Depends: Steroids, such as prednisone, can be prescribed when back surgery is performed. The most common usage is to minimize nerve pain from swelling, but also to assist in nerve recovery in situations with severe pre-op and/or post-op weakness. If prescribed, it is usually for short-term usage. With long-term use, Prednisone may slow wound healing, raise blood sugars, and delay fusion maturation.
Answered on Aug 31, 2019
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
17 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Steroids such as prednisone may also increase the risk of infection around the time of surgery.
Dec 31, 2011

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