I have seen tons of posts about non union, never thought I would here that news for myself.
I was going for a SCS, I had my trial done and was ready for placement. The surgeon who did my lumbar fusion dc'd me when I wasnt getting any better, said it was in my head. He said the xrays were good all along too. Now 2 1/2 years later the NS that is to place the SCS did a pre op CT to find I have only a few small pieces of bone and one tiny bridge in my fusion site. Not to mention the screws are coming out the sides of the vertebrae and bent. Either things went poof after one year post op, or the origional dr was full of @@@@ and there was never anything there. Not here to rehash that or complain, sorry. It is what it is, now we just need to pick up the pieces.
How does a doctor determine if a non-union needs to be corrected? I am sure they all have different criteria, but just in general. How much bone do you need to hold things stable?
I am wondering if a PLIF could be fixed with an anterior fusion, I am really not sure I want to agree to another PLIF,lol.
Thanks for any input!