I had a T7-T9 discectomy and Fusion and the surgeon used Medtronics Infuse Bone morphogenic protein cement in 2009.
I had been suffering with bilateral radiating pain and any movement with my arms brings on severe pain. I have to lie flat for the pain to calm down plus take pain meds. I have 8 perineural root sleeve cysts in the thoracic spine. Most doctors say they are asymptomatic but I DISAGREE. And many patients all over the world have trouble finding doctors who know how to operate on these Tarlov Cysts (perineural cysts).
Finally after years of consultations with different docs I found an Ortho Surgeon who looked closely at my MRI and saw no bony bridging (no fused bone on the Left side of T8-9) he sent me for a CT SCAN and it confirmed what is called PSUEDOARTHROSIS, no bony bridging. I am so upset with the surgeon who did my surgery and said INFUSE was safe and I would heal faster then if I had my own bone graft used. I will continue to be in pain and disabled for the rest of my life. I am so afraid of thoracic spine surgery. The original surgery required my right lung to be collapsed because the surgeon went thru my right side. He dismissed me as his patient in 2011. And refused to consult with me about my severe post op pain. Now I at least know why I have been in so much pain. I learn more from these online forums then from any doctor I have seen since all my pain started in 1993 after a pick-up truck ran a red light and hit my drivers side of my car in the front and back. I live in the SF Bay area. If you know any" think outside the box doctors" please share. Best of healing for all of us.