NSAIDs need not usually be withheld after orthopaedic surgery

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7165.1079 (Published 17 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1079
  1. Peter G Stone, Senior registrar in anaesthetics.,
  2. Elize Richards (peter.stone@virgin.net), Senior registrar in anaesthetics.a
  1. aNuffield Department of Anaesthetics, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    EDITOR —We cannot let Varghese et al's letter go unchallenged. After extrapolation of rodent data they say that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should not be used after orthopaedic surgery.1 Prompted by similar views from some of our surgical colleagues, we recently undertook a comprehensive electronic literature search of the effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in orthopaedics, trauma, and bone metabolism. We also …

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