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Anyone had bone graft from coral ???

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,372
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I was speaking to my brother-in-law this morning and he told me that his bone graft for his 2 level cervical ACDF was made of coral.

I have never heard of that before.
He is in Australia.
Has anyone else had this type of bone graft?
I wonder if it will become more common.
His surgery was about 5 years ago and he is doing very well.



  • jelly, but down here we use any old stuff (joking)

    actually sounds quite progressive and great its working for your b/in law

    my dr (GP) did mention a few yrs ago , that maybee in the future , researchers might come up with something that could help my progressive disease, and that was seaweed

    yes i no its sounds strange, and i havnt heard of any research into this

    really if it works and is sustainable and well researched and tested , im all for pushing the frontiers

    hey jelly , what pary of Aus does he live in

  • My sister and husband live on the Mornington Penninsula, near Melbourne.

    We visited a few years ago and it is beautiful. :)
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  • is a beautifull area of Aus.

    i was going to ask who the surgeon was , but not much point as im not down that way

    do you no why coral was used instead of the normal type of materials to fuse?
    it certainly is interesting

    oh and welcome home from that fantastic holiday of yours, i had to cancell 2 years in a row, my cruise, theres just no way physically i could have done it.

    also when i enquired for travel insurance, i couldnt get coverage for any pre-existing conditions, so if anything had happened to my spine , i wasnt covered medically

    how did you go with medical travel insurance?


  • We found a company that would cover a predisclosed condition, although we had to make an extra payment.

    I also had a lot of people praying for my safety while I was away. That didn't cost anything! :)

    I don't know why they used coral. He just mentioned it during our conversation and I had never heard of it before.

  • My sister-in-law also had coral used for her bone graft. She had a two level lumbar fusion. Sadly she is still having problems and only fused at one level.

    I think it is a relatively new thing to use coral, here in Canada.

    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
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