I know everyone is different, but when did your surgeon announce "You're fused" and show you your X-rays? I had an ALIF in February, and my surgeon said "we typically don't start to see anything on X-rays until 6 months". But, I've talked to several people that were told & shown on X-ray they fused at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks etc.: fluffy/cloudy stuff first, then streaks, then solid white. I saw the papers in the Spine journals w/pics of the X-rays, the studies on BMP and what the success rates should be for single vs. double-level fusion at 3 months and 6 months post-op.
I don't want to confront my surgeon, but I've got a gut feeling I'm not doing well and not fusing. For those of you that didn't fuse: when and how did your surgeon break it to you, and if you were still in life-altering pain what did you do next? I'm trying to stay positive...but losing faith daily.
Thanks to all for any input.