View Full Version : NSAID's after surgery - how soon?

10-27-2010, 07:27 PM
Hi all-

I am currently 4 1/2 months post op. I saw my surgeon last week and he said I could start taking NSAID's like Advil or Aleve to help my shoulder pain. I was under the impression that you had to wait until a year or after the fusion took place. Just wondering when your doctors said you could start taking them... I trust my doctor so I just started taking them this week. I hope this is ok and doesn't screw anything up.


10-27-2010, 08:46 PM
When I had my last fusion at my 3 month checkup x-rays I had a pretty good fusion going so all restrictions were lifted. (I was only fused 2 levels then). I had my 2 month checkup Monday for the big fusion and I still have restrictions. I think they generally make you wait 3 or 4 months before using NSAIDs. So it sounds like you're right on track.

10-27-2010, 08:56 PM

I just had my 3 months check today and my surgeon lifted all restrictions except contact sports (like I'm really bummed about not doing that) and waiting 9 months for roller coasters. He even said that I'm okay to take whatever I want and that at this point it will not interfere with my fusion.

10-27-2010, 09:21 PM
You're going to doubt Dr. Boachie now? ;-)

I started taking NSAIDs at 3M postop and went on to have a very solid fusion.


10-28-2010, 05:38 AM
I started them at 3 months and my fusion is going fine


10-28-2010, 05:40 AM
I was given permission at 9 months.

10-28-2010, 06:15 AM
I was given the go-ahead for Advil at around 6 months.

10-28-2010, 08:15 AM
My Dr told me 6 months.

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10-28-2010, 06:53 PM
9 months for me, but that could be because of my age.