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6 week TLIF check up

dapopo315ddapopo315 Posts: 40
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my 6 week check up today from my Open TLIF procedure. The doctor said he was happy with what he saw on the x-rays, none of my hardware had moved. But he did say that there were no signs yet of bone growth as of yet.

Not sure if that's normal or not. Guess my question to all my new 'Spiney Friends' is . . . what is a normal time frame for when I should hopefully start seeing some bone growth? I understand that everyones different with healing, just kind of wondering what some of u have experienced.



  • Hi dapopo,

    Glad to hear your appointment went well. The fact that your Dr. is pleased with how you are doing is a
    great start. I would think if he was concerned about no new bone growth, then he would have mentioned it.

    Honestly, with my last fusion 6 years ago I cannot remember when I started fusing. For this new fusion its too early for me since it was only a week ago.

    Just keep taking care of yourself and things should fall into place. By the way, if you smoke that does slow down the fusion process.

    Take care, Lisa
  • As a person that is getting opinions on revision surgery, some others, and TLIF . . .it is helpful to see how others are doing.

    Sounds like things are progressing well.
  • I had started fusing at six weeks, but I had a substantial amount of BMP packed in around my fusion, mixed with some of my own bone marrow. Did you have any BMP, or are you wearing a bone growth stimulator? If not, it may be perfectly normal for the fusion to have not begun as yet. I know that my doc explained before surgery that he would use the BMP and my bone marrow, because he found that was the easiest way to get the bone to fuse. I am now one year out and am completely fused.

    As the others have said, if your doc is not overly concerned, you probably shouldn't be either.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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