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Why artificial bone-graft?

The neurosurgeon suggested I use artificial bone graft. I am scared about allergy/infection and them not fusioning. Would like to hear other fusion patients their experience about what bone-graft they used.
MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.


  • lucygoose01llucygoose01 Posts: 22
    edited 07/15/2015 - 4:17 AM
    My first fusion my surgeon also recommended using artificial bone and cadaevor bone graft. He said about 10% of patients reject the bone graft and do not have growth from it. I was in that 10% which resulted in have a fusion revision 10 months later. That time they used bone from my hip combined with alograft bone. This seems to work for me and despite having another small incision to deal with, the pain afterwords is worth knowing that its your bone they are using. I am have a ALIF with PLIF (360) fusion August 31 and the doctor will again use my bone and harvest from my hip.

    If you have a choice, I would at least discuss it with your neurosurgeon about using your bone instead of risking the artificial bone not growing and fusing. I didnt know it was an option to harvest my own bone in the surgery until the revision.

    Good luck!
  • SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
    edited 07/15/2015 - 2:26 PM
    What I read is that
    1. Artificial/cavadar bone has chances of more inflammation and it can even cause death because of breathing path being blocked.
    2. Less chance of fusion (specially in multilayer).

    Self-graft can cause more pain upto 24 months...
    MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.
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