We do need to stop the NSAIDs before surgery, as they can increase bleeding. But most docs will allow NSAID use after surgery again.
Lots of bandsters safely take the NSAIDs when really needed. They are always safe for 2-3 days, as it takes that long for them to start to interfere with the protective stomach mucous.
But many people with severe arthritis are dependent on daily NSAIDS, and must have them to FUNCTION.
We used to think that Bandsters could not take them safely, and would not do a band surgery on those dependent on them. The few docs back them who did not "buy" this (thankfully) have now taught us that they CAN be used safely, with caution. There is still a risk of problems, but the NEED for the NSAID far outweighs the risk.
Now, we have seen that few people get into trouble, if they take then the correct way, and are followed closely.
Many of us just cannot function without regular NSAIDs, including motrin, vioxx, and the others.
Talk with your doc more about this. Many if not most docs will allow their use with these conditions:
1. Take the smallest dose that works
2. Take with a daily acid-reducer to protect the stomach - protonix, nexium, etc.
3. Have an H pylori blood test to be sure you don't have the common H pylori bacterial stomach infection (IMO, we all need this test, and it should be part of the pre-op work-up. More than 60% of those going into WLS have this infection, often with no symptoms, and it interferes with a good restriction and causes all kinds of sometimes-subtle stomach problems)
4. Be very aware of any new stomach pain and report it immediately
If you really have fluid in your knee, an NSAID will only help the swelling. It still needs to be drained. Maybe you just mean it is swollen from inflammation, hopefully ? THis is not a fluid that can be drained, as it is in all the tissues.
Are you seeing an orthopedist??
Good luck with this -
at goal 5+ yrs
DISCLAIMER: Any suggestions or comments are not intended as medical advice, but only as general information. Please always contact your own surgeon or his staff for any specific problems or concerns you are having. Although I have many years as a medical professional and band educator, I offer suggestions here only as an experienced Bandster.