I've posted a couple of times about my upcoming Anterior Cervical Fusion C4-5 and C5-6. Thanks to many of you whom replied. I truly appreciate your feedback. As suggested I contacted my rheumy by email to ask about when I should stop taking my Sulphasalazine 500 mg 2x daily and recently started (two-three weeks ago) Prednisone 5mg 1x daily and Xeljanz ER 1x daily. I was getting really nervous because while waiting about 11 days for a response I found these two online articles.
I just got a response from my rheumy's nurse today after sending another email and I was told to stop taking all the meds 1 week prior to surgery and to restart them 1 week following my surgery.
My surgeon's nurse told me not to research my surgery online because it would only make me nervous reading about failed fusion surgeries. I ignored her advice regarding the medication and now that I've read the 2 articles above, I am wondering if the advice from my rheumy's nurse is adequate.
I am so scared about this upcoming surgery. The last time I had a general anesthetic with intubation was almost 20 years ago during an emergency C-Section of my youngest son. During the intubation, the nurse anesthetist put the tube down into my stomach instead of lungs and both my son and I nearly died. Reading the dangers of intubation with cervical surgery is freaking me out alone, then the advise to stop meds in the above article stating more than only a week abstinence.
I don't want to insult my rheumy's nurse by questioning her. But....drat, I think you all see where I'm going here.