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Bone Growth, Bone Resorption..Confused

jsirabellajjsirabella Posts: 311
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I hear these terms often and would like to know what do we hope to happen.

Meaning if you have a herniated disc are you hoping for bone resorption or bone growth. I have heard both...

It must depend on the case as it seems that people after a fusion want bone growth.



  • I think if you herniate a disc, you are hoping the disc material gets reabsorbed (dries out) to come off the nerve so that you can avoid surgery.

    If it doesn't...then you live with the pain or opt for some sort of surgery (not necessarily fusion). IF you have to have a fusion, folks are hoping for bone growth where the disc once was.

  • In terms of a fusion, you want bone growth, not bone resorption.

    Calcium isn't just contained in bones; it's a component of our blood as well (serum calcium). It's an important part of what makes your heart's electrical system run. If that serum number gets too low, your body starts breaking down it's own bone (resorption) to supply the calcium needed in your system.

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