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anyone else have failure w/ BMP in PLIF

dirtmcgirtddirtmcgirt Posts: 19
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Ok so after having my PLIF on 3/1/2011 i successfully backed of and found much success in PT, yoga, NSAIDS, ice/heat, tens etc,

Around thanksgiving 2011 developed a deep, bruising and constant pain.

After much dismissal from internsists , PM specialists and neurologists i finally forced the issue on my neurosurgeon with mri/ct reports showing cysts and fluid buildup in the vertebrae and discspace suspect for osteomyelitis.

Well my neurosurgeon demands film and he finds multiple micro fractures and "holes" as he would describe post-op from the cyst. 2 of the pedical screws were loose to the point of displacement in the near futre [3mos at max he said].

My question revolves around the "disintegration" of the BMP material for the bone graft which he, as the cedars sinai spine center directr, could find only 3 othr cases out of 1200 in the literature.

Anyone else familiar with this, as i am now suffering at day 5 from my emergency alif to remedy.

Thank you


  • DirtMcgirt (wasn't that from Back to the Future?):

    I just checked my surgical records and my surgeon used Actifuse, so our similarities stop there, sort of.

    Otherwise, I have a very similar experience with types/location/intensity/duration of pain. I had a TLIF L4-S1 in Jan 2011. But now I, too, am looking at the real possibility of a revision.

    What caught my eye in your post was your description of pain. That's me!

    Good luck with healing a second time.
  • Thanks for the reply. I am curious about this matter because i heard medtronic, who makes an approved BMP for fusion at L5-S1, is being sued class action from patients who had their BMP inserted at other levels and then needed the revision.

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