I had surgey and the neuronsurgeon made an incision in the front of my body, near my abs after I fractured my L1-L4 in my Lower back in April from a 2 story fall and had surgery around the same time. I had one follow up with my neurosurgeon and my insurance is making it ridiculously hard to get a follow up with a neurosurgeon that is contracted by my insurance. So I have a few questions regarding my lower back surgery.
I smoke cigarettes, I didn't know that nicotine effected bone fusions until 3 months post op, from my own research on this site. I cut down and switches vaping electronic cigs making a 1.5 mg strength 30 ml bottle last 2 weeks. I am 26 and have heard so many different things regarding nicotine. Does it just slow down the healing process? I read somewhere that nicotine won't effect younger people as much as someone who is older who has had a fusion.
And for my lastt question can you feel the bone that is growing around my titanium rods and screws? Like is the bone that is growing able to be felt from pushing and feeling your bone with your hand? I am worried that my fusion is not fusing due to my insurance making it really hard to get and mri/ct scan to get a bone stimulator. And all I can do is feel my lower back with my hand and I feel lots of bone in the lower back.. I take calcium 3x a day due to nicotine making you lose nutrients..
If I run my hand down my spine in the middle in between the 2 bones; I can feel bone until I get to the lower part of my back. I am unsure which part of back is growing or healing. Is it what I am feeling in the middle of my bones or is it the bones on the outside of the middle bone that runs down the spine that's fusing?
-had lumbar fusion in april
-can you feel the bones that are fusing by running your hand down my spine?
-which part is exactly fusing? The middle bone running down my spine or the 2 columns of bones? I can feel bone running down my spine till I get towards the bottom then you don't really feel anything else except for a small bump then nothing.