It is advisable to avoid smoking completely.
Blood thinners like aspirin and oral contraceptives should also
be stopped for a minimum period of a week prior to surgery.
NSAIDs like ibuprofen cause bone softening and must be avoided
to the maximum extent possible. Paracetmol (Tylenol) or Proxyvon
(Darvocet) can be taken as alternative medications for the
pain. It is advisable to stay in good shape prior to surgery
Cortisone Injections Into Joints Can Help or Harm
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Doctors often inject cortisone-type medications into painful
damaged joints and tendons. Single injections can relieve pain
and swelling and appear to be safe, but repeated injections can
damage joints and delay healing.
Scientists in Greece injected cortisone-type drugs repeatedly
into the joints of rabbits and showed that they damage
cartilage. A paper in the Journal of Bone and