I am faced with a dilemma that someone may have an opnion or experience with and could give me some feed back on.
I was diagnosed last month by a NS with cervical spinal stenosis at several levels, the worst being at the C6-7 level. He advised me to have anterior cervical fusion surgery soon and listed my condition as critical. I do not have faith in this NS since I learned later that he has been disciplined twice in other states. I have tried to find another NS or Ortho/Spine Dr to get a second opinion. After locating some other Dr's and scheduling appointments, I have learned that they use Bone Morphogenetic Protien (BMP) for fusion. After more reasearch, I have learned that the Dr's that I have selected are being sued by whisleblowers for off-label use of BMP. It has been discovered to cause life threatening problems, post-op. Several articles have been written by the Wall Street Jounal ref this problem. The Dr's being sued have alledgedly received large payments from the company that produces or sells BMP. Irregardless of the correctness of this report, I do not want to take on any additional risk by using this product in surgery. Cervical fusion is risky enough with conventional procedures. The use of BMP is suppose to stimulate bone growth and lessen the recovery time.
Has anyone had any experience with BMP? If so, what have been your results.
What to do?