As we age, the likelihood that we’ll have to undergo some type of surgery increases substantially. Unfortunately, each surgery we have increases our risk for more medical complications. And one that most people have never heard about is that surgery increases your risk for suffering a broken bone.
Perhaps even worse, that broken bone could become a nightmare health problem. Here’s why:
Surgery invariably causes pain. Our medical system typically treats pain with opioid painkillers. And it’s these painkillers that could completely wreck your health.
Dr. Robert Zura, professor and chair of orthopaedic surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, and his team of researchers found that opioid use can significantly increase your risk of suffering a bone fracture. What’s worse, that same opioid may also impair the healing of your broken bone.
Dr. Zura’s team studied 309,330 of the 18 most common bone fractures. They also looked at what medications the patients used. These included antibiotics, anticoagulants, diabetes medications, osteoporosis medications, cardiac medications, diuretics, immunosuppressants, steroids, anticonvulsants, and non-opioid analgesics in addition to opioid analgesics.
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They found that opioids significantly increased the risk of fracture nonunion. In other words, the patients’ broken bones didn’t heal correctly because of the opioids! In fact, the opioids doubled the risk for nonunion. And it didn’t matter what the age or gender of the patient was.
To make matters worse, the authors also question the effectiveness of opioids in controlling pain. They explain that there’s no evidence that opioids are more effective than non-opioids for acute extremity pain in the Emergency Department. That means that if you have surgery or break a bone, make sure your doctor gives you a non-opioid analgesic to treat the pain. These include acetaminophen/codeine and buprenorphine. These drugs do not cause any increased risk of nonunion.
Of course, the even bigger risk of opioids is their addictive properties. I can’t tell you how many people get injured playing a sport and start taking opioids. Next thing they know, they’re addicted and the cost drives them to take heroine. These are not your stereotypical drug addicts. They are normal people who find themselves addicted after an injury.
Opioids are one of the most dangerous drugs available today. In the work I’ve done with addiction, about 80% of the users I’ve encountered in the last 10 years started using because of opioids. So it’s vital you avoid them if at all possible.
If you or a loved one uses them and becomes addicted, there is help available. Don’t let it turn into a heroin addiction. One of the easiest ways to get help is to attend the free Addiction Summit. It is August 13-19, 2018. And it’s online, so there’s no traveling necessary. This Summit will show you the best alternative ways to treat addiction and escape this lifestyle. And you’ll learn about the nutrients you need to heal your brain and your body from the damage drugs do to you. To sign up for the free Addiction Summit, simply follow this link.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.