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Can I use arthritis medicine after surgery?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Usually not

Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, Aspirin can interfere with bone healing.
If you have had a fracture or a fusion procedure, please avoid them and use only medications we have prescribed. Acetaminophen (tylenol) would be okay unless you have been told otherwise. Avoid arthritis medicine at least 2 weeks, but 6 to 12 weeks if you can.

In brief: Usually not

Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, Aspirin can interfere with bone healing.
If you have had a fracture or a fusion procedure, please avoid them and use only medications we have prescribed. Acetaminophen (tylenol) would be okay unless you have been told otherwise. Avoid arthritis medicine at least 2 weeks, but 6 to 12 weeks if you can.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: Anti healing meds

Arthritis medicines work by reducing inflammation.
While in arthritis, this is beneficial, if you are trying to steal something, then this is counterproductive. Inflammation is absolutely integral to wound healing by bringing fresh blood to the wound, healing factors to the wound, and removing the “wastes". Anti-inflammation meds are in fact, anti-wound healing meds.

In brief: Anti healing meds

Arthritis medicines work by reducing inflammation.
While in arthritis, this is beneficial, if you are trying to steal something, then this is counterproductive. Inflammation is absolutely integral to wound healing by bringing fresh blood to the wound, healing factors to the wound, and removing the “wastes". Anti-inflammation meds are in fact, anti-wound healing meds.
Dr. Michael Miller
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