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Not fused at 10 months

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
When Dave had his first set of cervical xrays done at 4 months, the Dr. was very happy with the fusion. He left a message (at 10 p.m last night that I erased by mistake) saying that the 10 month xrays show incomplete fusion and that he needs more xrays in 3 months.

He had a 2 level ACDF. He doesn't smoke. He doesn't take motrin. He is 58.

What could cause him to not fuse completely?


  • I think some people just fuse slower than others. The big question is, how far along is Dave's fusion right now? If he is 80–90% fused, there is probably nothing to worry about.

    I just had a myelogram/CT scan at 9.5 months and my fusion at L5/S1 is not yet complete. The bone has grown from the top and bottom, but has not quite met in the middle. I would guess my fusion is 90–95% complete.

    I am in my late 40s, don't smoke and have followed my surgeon's instructions to the letter. When I got the latest test results he said some people just take longer to get a solid fusion – in some cases it can take 1–2 years.
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