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Flextion and extenion plain x-ray

 in May i will get the x-ray to see how the fusion is doing after wearing a bone stimulator  for 2 months. My question is how can they tell if there is any movement  with ronce ds and screws holding it to stop movement ?? 
Had L4L5 and L5s1 fused in 1999
10/27/15 TLIF of L3L4
360 OLIF revision on 7/6/16 for L3L4


  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971


    Usually there are some x-ray markers in the cages that they placed in your L3/L4 joint that they can compare to the x-rays taken just after surgery.  Any movement should be readily noticeable... With rods and screws holding everything in place movement isn't very likely.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • If they just go by the one spacer seems that will not cover the hole area 
    Had L4L5 and L5s1 fused in 1999
    10/27/15 TLIF of L3L4
    360 OLIF revision on 7/6/16 for L3L4
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