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nicotine user 7 week check up

bluemax01bbluemax01 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi Guys

I had my 7 week check up today. I am recovering from a 3 level (c4-c7) acdfp. As a nicotine user that has done tons of research, I was afraid there was no way I had any fusion. First let me say that I highly recommend getting off all nicotine if at all possible. My surgery came up quickly so I did not have time to quit. I am a heavy "dipper".. ie.. skoal user.
Well after using an Orthofix bone growth stimulator for 6 weeks at 4 hours a day, I found out today that I am 80 to 90% fused on all three levels. SO, if you have a multilevel acdf or are a nicotine user, I would insist on a BGS. I have another x-ray and followup in 6 more weeks. I think the doctor wants to verify 100% fusion.
As of today, I am weening off the hard collar, off the BGS, am now able to lift 20 lbs, ( my grand daughter weighs 17) and make a planned trip to Disney world with the grand kids...
Please post any questions, you may have. To sum it up so far, I would do it again, but not be happy about it. 7 weeks sleeping in a recliner, hard collar 24/7 and averaging 5 hours of sleep a night. Lets just say, I am exhausted..

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Comments

  • what does the nicotine do exactly that hurts the back? i have heard that before, that smoking i think makes it so less blood is getting to the disc, besides all the other bad stuff it does to you.
  • Nicotine slows / stops bone growth. There is tons of studies posted on the web.
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