I am finally getting surgery on June 29th for a 3 level fusion on my lower back. I was also told that an Orthopedic Dr. will also be doing the surgery with my neurosurgeon. I believe I'm suppose to have a bone graft taken from my hip. I have heard that the bone graft can also be taken from a cadaver. Can I request that from the Ortho Dr., or do I not have a choice? Both of these surgeons operated on my 35 year old daughter last August and she is doing great.Only problem I have is Osteopenia and my Dr.s are aware of this and moving cautiously by building up my bone mass before the surgery. I remember when my daughter had her surgery she was in "allot" of pain in her hip afterwards from the bone graft which they took from her hip.