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Any Information on Bone Graph Sites?

Hi There,

I am just wondering if anyone has had a bone graph taken from there hip and how they are healing? I am on the waiting list to get a 2 level cervical fusion and they will be taking two parts of my right hip and placing them in my neck. I know a lot of surgeons now use cadaver bones instead of the patience own bone, but I have had so many reactions to medications and injections that my surgeon decided to use my own to make sure I fuse. I am having a hard time finding information about the healing of the bone graph site. I was very very active before my neck issue and I am really looking forward to returning to an active life and wondering if my hip will give me any issues. I am 28 healthy other than having DDD.

Any advise?



  • Hi Rachel,

    I had a right iliac crest bone graft for my two level 360 fusion in 2013. I won't lie, the residual radiating "heat" type pain at the graft site persisted for almost 6 months post fusion. But it eventually went away and I can say I am fully fused and the bone graft worked beautifully!

    Just be patient with your body. Patient's bodies typically need extra healing time at the bone graft sites but the end result is more reliable and not prone to overgrowth as with the synthetic bone graft tissue.

    Good luck!
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • 1028761102876 Posts: 248
    edited 05/25/2015 - 8:42 PM
    I didn't have any bone taken from my hip, they actually took it from my rib which my surgeon says is less painful and it heals better than from the iliac crest. Good luck!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,857
    I had bone grafts taken from my hip.

    The pain in my hip after surgery and after the initial surgical pain became more of a problem than my cervical area.
    That discomfort lasted many weeks past when my neck was doing ok.

    Part of my problems was that during the grafting the second go around, there was a problem and I developed osteomyelitis.
    That required 6 weeks in home IV antibiotics 3 x day. But that was a result of a problem during the initial harvesting. This type of problem hardly occurs.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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