Do non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs impair fracture healing? A survey of Australian orthopaedic surgeons

Christina L. Ekegren, Melissa J. Hart, Peter A. Cameron, Elton R. Edwards, Andrew Oppy, Richard de Steiger, Richard Page, Susan Liew, Raphael Hau, Andrew Bucknill, Belinda J. Gabbe

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There is currently a lack of clear evidence on the impact of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on fracture healing post-operatively. Australian orthopaedic surgeons were surveyed about their perceptions of the relationship between NSAIDs and fracture healing to determine whether equipoise exists within the profession. Results demonstrated divergence of opinion amongst Australian orthopaedic surgeons, lending support to the commencement of randomised controlled trials testing the influence of NSAIDs on fracture healing within Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-395
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Delayed healing
  • Fracture
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Non-union
  • Orthopaedic surgery

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