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Do Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Affect Tissue Healing After Arthroscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction?

Heng'an Ge, Centao Liu, Amrit Shrestha, Peng Wu, Biao Cheng

Department of Orthopedics, Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital, Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: CLR6038-6043

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.910942

Available online: 2018-08-30

Published: 2018-08-30

BACKGROUND: Experimental studies have reported nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could impair tendon healing. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether NSAIDs could affect recovery of knee joint function in patients after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We enrolled 40 patients treated with celecoxib and 40 patients treated with tramadol, who underwent ACL reconstruction from January 2011 to December 2017. Visual analogue scale (VAS) and functional outcomes were collected and evaluated. The follow-up period was 12 months.
RESULTS: In both groups, all patients obtained pain release after surgery, compared with that before surgery. But no significant differences were observed between the 2 groups in VAS scores. We also did not find any differences between the 2 groups at 1 year of follow-up, in terms of anterior drawer test, Lachman test, side-to-side laxity assessed by KT-2000, IKDC score, Lysholm score, and Tegner scale. However, the celecoxib group showed a reduced incidence of nausea compared to the tramadol group (P=0.048).
CONCLUSIONS: The use of NSAIDs after ACL reconstruction is relatively safe and could decrease adverse side effects which were caused by opioid drugs.

Keywords: anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal, Tendon Injuries