I've had a C5-6 discectomy/fusion 8 years ago. The top MD of the University where I had the surgery took care of me. He said, and showed me, the synthetic spacer he would put in. He did not mention any other options. Since he was the "Head Guy", I trusted him...
Now, 8 years later, I suffer from extreme chronic pain. That's all he said was the post-surgery MRI looked good, but looks like I have to live with the pain. I've tried Botox shots, Acupuncture, improving my posture, and very expensive Radio-Frequency Surgery(that helped a bit, but it only lasts a year, then it has to be re-done).
Looking back, I have become suspicious of what he used back then. Does anyone know/or have had this done 8 years ago or more?
Also, when I got a copy of my surgical report, it states "a #7 medium-sized cornerstone bank bone plug was inserted".
Isn't that bone from a cadaver??
I would appreciate any help, and will offer any advice from my many years of this crap for anyone to help. :S