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12 wk multi fusion check. Answers to pain & BMP

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 12 weeks now (OK tomorrow) ;) and went to have my check up today. I had seen the OS 6 weeks post op and all was great with the exception of a few sharp pains in the right side of the glutes.
Over the last 6 weeks this has gotten worse and I did go to Doc for more pain meds. These helped a bit but didn't remove the pain. I have been continuing with PT, exercise physiology and hydrotherapy.
The last couple of weeks have been the worst and I have found that I can no longer do things I could do earlier due to the pain, such as going up and down stairs.
So needless to say I was glad of the chance to see the OS today. He had arranged for me to have a CT scan beforehand.

SO, (he is sooo good) always listens to my history first and how I am feeling, what I can/cant do etc before even looking at scans or paperwork!
He explained that he used the BMP with bone from laminectomy for the fusions and why he did this and how it helps to promote the fusion growth.
He then explained that sometimes when the fusion is starting to take place with the BMP to the vertebrae it can create "osteolysis" which is where the vertebral bone softens (temporarily) while it is fusing with the BMP mixture.
He has been doing research on this and had just presented a paper on it! :D
He said it causes an inflammatory response which he could see in the scans. So he said even though I am in pain it is good news as it is proving that the fusion is taking! :)
So I go back in another 6 weeks then 6 again after that so he can keep an eye on it all.

And the best thing is I feel better knowing that there is nothing to worry about. He did say to cut back on some of the more strenuois exercises while the bone was softened- like bending from a sitting position, and the exercise bike but to keep walking, hydrotherapy and gentle ecercises.
So I will sleep better tonight. ;)
Blessings Sara


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