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Clinical Trials

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am currently 6 weeks post ACDF C5-C6 and am participating in the INFUSE Bone Graft/PEEK Interbody Spacer/Anterior Cervical Plate System research study. Is anyone else participating in this study and if so, how are your doing? I am not finding any participant discussion anywhere so if anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!


  • What is this study all about?
  • Instead of using cadaveric bone or the patients bone, a bone graft substitute is used. In this study, the PEEK Interbody Spacer is made out of a polymer that has a collagen sponge that is injected with a synthetic protein--recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2(INFUSE Bone Graft) that promotes fusion. Participants must have cervical degenerative disc disease at a single level. The study is being conducted at 15 centers in the US with 255 participants. I am really hoping that I can connect with other participants as I am very curious about how others are managing.
  • Good luck! I gather this was not a double-blind study or you wouldn't know what you had!

    I have the PEEK cage in my lumbar spine with BMP and have been pleased. I do not notice it is there. My fusion healed quickly and solidly.

    I hope you have good results, too.

    I hope someone who is in the study will see your post and respond to you.

    xx Gwennie
  • I so appreciate your response. Although I feel good at about my decision to participate in the study, the unknown has been a bit nerve wracking at times! Do you mind sharing how long it was between your surgery and obtaining fusion?

  • I'd be happy to tell you, but I do not really know. My surgeon does not believe in routinely X-raying to check for fusion. If the patient complains about pain, he will check, but he doesn't do it just to satisfy a patient's curiosity. I was completely fused at six months...but I don't know how much sooner it may have happened.
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