Elaine I was also on immunosuppressant medication for about
three years and had no infections - I think I had one cold during that whole time, when the average American has two to three colds a year.
Also, my ortho operated on me three times while I was on Imuran. One surgery was arthroscopic, but the other two were big,
open procedures. She covered me with IV Vancomycin and I had no problems at all. Perhaps you could ask the ortho if he'd rather operate on you while you're on immunosuppressants or while you're bleeding. (Actually, both of the above were true for me for all of my surgeries - I was on Imuran and still bleeding.)
Judy - Southern US
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
Co-Moderator UC Forum
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