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Neurosurgeon using cadaver bone

Has anyone ever had a fusion with a neurosurgeon and he only gos in your back using a cadaver bone , L3/4


  • Hi
    Cadavar bone was used for my anterior cervical fusion with instrumentation C5-6
    In 2012

    No problem with the donor bone

  • I had an ACDF on Nov 4. Still healing, but no issues. My Dr. didn't really give me any options. I was in so much pain from nerve root compression that frankly, I didn't really care.
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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    When they wheeled me down to mri after surgery my chart was on my bed. I couldn't help but look at it. My bone came from a 67 year old male.
  • Great to know guys makes me feel better ,Susan I'm like you I wanna know where and who the bone came from
  • Sinman - so you're going thru with it now? I saw on one of your posts that you were considering just going with epidurals and canceling the surgery.
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
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  • I have no idea the gender or age of my donor!
    I am kinda glad I dont know

    But these donor bones do work and save the patient from having to have a bone draft from the hip, which is painful
    Is painful and another incision

    Hugs and prayers for your successful surgery
  • Bone grafts don't always come from the hip or pelvis. Mine came from my ribs, so another incision wasn't needed as they were able to harvest it through my abdominal incision.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
  • My graft came from the bone in my spine they chiseled off. I'm surprised that no one else has mentioned that. My surgeon used to get it from the hip but doesn't anymore. Is this rare?
    L5 S1 MicroD - August 21, 2013
    L5 S1 Fusion - October 17, 2013
    44 year old
  • The bone which was removed in the laminectomy at L4 and L5 was used for the fusion, so I was a self donor.
  • kamgramkkamgram Posts: 483
    edited 11/21/2013 - 3:52 PM
    My graft was removed from bone removed from spine during microD and used to fuse T7-8.

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