I had back surgery on May 12th, 2010 and my Doctor used BMP as well as hardware. I remember waking up from the surgery knowing something was very wrong!! I had L5 S1 done w/hardware about 5 years ago and had no pain. But when my L1-L2 were done they could not get my pain under control. They sent me home anyway.
After 8 days of not able to take a deep breath and horrible pain I went to the ER. They couldn't find anything wrong, but I got lucky. The ER Doctor knew I was in horrible pain and admitted me. THANK GOD!!! They did a CT and found fluid around the hardware A LOT of fuild. They took me to X-ray and removed the fuild, but the pain was still there.
My Nero-Surgeon had no idea what could be causing my pain. After 6 days in the hospital on pain meds he finally went back in and removed the hardware and the BMP. I woke up and all my pain was GONE
I asked my Doctor what he thought it was and he said the BMP!! If you are in major pain after a fusion you shouldn't be!! If they used BMP make them take it OUT!!!Don't allow your Doctor to tell you nothings wrong!!Suzanne