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12 wk multi fusion check. Answers to pain & BMP

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 12 weeks now (OK tomorrow) ;) and went to have my check up today. I had seen the OS 6 weeks post op and all was great with the exception of a few sharp pains in the right side of the glutes.
Over the last 6 weeks this has gotten worse and I did go to Doc for more pain meds. These helped a bit but didn't remove the pain. I have been continuing with PT, exercise physiology and hydrotherapy.
The last couple of weeks have been the worst and I have found that I can no longer do things I could do earlier due to the pain, such as going up and down stairs.
So needless to say I was glad of the chance to see the OS today. He had arranged for me to have a CT scan beforehand.

SO, (he is sooo good) always listens to my history first and how I am feeling, what I can/cant do etc before even looking at scans or paperwork!
He explained that he used the BMP with bone from laminectomy for the fusions and why he did this and how it helps to promote the fusion growth.
He then explained that sometimes when the fusion is starting to take place with the BMP to the vertebrae it can create "osteolysis" which is where the vertebral bone softens (temporarily) while it is fusing with the BMP mixture.
He has been doing research on this and had just presented a paper on it! :D
He said it causes an inflammatory response which he could see in the scans. So he said even though I am in pain it is good news as it is proving that the fusion is taking! :)
So I go back in another 6 weeks then 6 again after that so he can keep an eye on it all.

And the best thing is I feel better knowing that there is nothing to worry about. He did say to cut back on some of the more strenuois exercises while the bone was softened- like bending from a sitting position, and the exercise bike but to keep walking, hydrotherapy and gentle ecercises.
So I will sleep better tonight. ;)
Blessings Sara


  • Sara-
    So glad you have a reason for your pain, and that the reason is FUSION!!!

    Try to take it easier and know that all is well.

  • Hooray! I had the best nights sleep last night in months!!!!I am so happy even despite being woken by a sales rep from India. :D
    What a difference our mental state makes to our bodies. I still had pain but wasn't concerned about it so it didn't bother me as much and I needed less meds. ;)

    Blessings to you all

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  • Thanks for sharing some good news with us as most of us can use some good news.
  • I was so happy to see your post. I am 4 weeks postop and found it very interesting. Great you have an answer to your pain, and that you found sleep easier.

    Best of luck to you!!!

  • It's good to hear you finally can relax and not worry.

    Best Wishes,
    Christina :)
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  • I know my BP shows an immediate response to my mental state!

    I'm so happy that it's good news and that you are able to relax a bit now and, even though it's literally a pain in hthe butt, you are healing!
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