Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

failed spinal fusion

I had a spinal fusion march 2011. The bone grafts didnt take so now i just have the hardware in my spine. My pain is geting worse and im not really sure how to go about finding someone to look at my back and see how muh worse its gotten, and where i should go from there. In 2011 they suggested another surgery but through my stomach this time and said i have a good chance of dying this time. Anyone have any suggestions on what i can do to help the pain or what i should do from here?


  • I currently had fusion last year and after ct scan was told the bone growth is not working. I am currently wearing a device for 30 minutes a day to try and activate bone growth. It is by spine logic and looks like a steering wheel. Just wondering why this was not recommended for you to try and get bone growth. I would seek a second opinion as well from another doc and inquire with current one about this device. No i do not know as of yet if it worked but it was either replace the bone graft or try this i took the later. I still have a few months to use before i will know if it was a success or where i go from here. also i am currently taking 50mg of tramadol that seem to do the trick on the pain.
    Jeffrey Alexander
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I am sure that you will find your time on Spine-Health very rewarding. This site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and continues to grow.
    Here are just some of the highlights:

    - Detailed medical libraries of Articles and Videos that address almost every Spinal Conditions and Treatment

    - The Wellness section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.

    - Under the Resource tab, there is a section Doctor Advice Health Center which can be invaluable.

    - As a bonus, Spine-Health provides these patient forums. Here is where you can meet thousands of other people who understand and can relate to your situation. You will soon become part of the Spiney family who provide comfort and the advantages of a Support System. You are now part of this family that is approximately 20,600 International members and growing daily.

    - It is very important to understand the Forum Rules to make sure all of your posts do not violate any of the rules.

    - As a new member, it is helpful to understand the 'makeup' of these forums, how to make posts, tips on adding images and much more. You should read Forum FAQ

    If you have any questions or need assistance, you can use the Private Message facility to contact any one of the Moderators on my team:
    dilauro , tamtam or liz

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • They said you have a good chance of dying,why if you don't mind me asking? I would definitely get a second opinion as to what is going on and what can be done. As to what the previous poster Jiffrey was talking about the device is called a bone growth stimulator (BGS) It helps to promote bone growth for some people,I had one it didn't work for me. I ended up having revision surgery for my non-union and now I can say that I am fused, I'm just not out of the woods yet in regards to on going pain/nerve damage,but hey one step at a time.

    I'm well versed in the whole non-union revision stuff so should you have any further questions just pm me I would be happy to help if I can.
  • I had the interior fusion, they fuse you but go in through the front. i had it done seven years ago,surgey went fine and i healed just fine. i dont know why they say u could die but i guess it is a major surgery has the chance for complications. I wouldnt be so scared, do some research,ask some questions.
This discussion has been closed.
Sign In or Register to comment.