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  • Really curious question - I am very curious as the BMP is bovine generated (bovine does mean cow, right? ;) )

  • Don't worry you won't start mooing or snorting.

    I think they use human bone but ask your doc. I'm sure with the make-up of the bone they would almost have to.
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  • With a moo moo here, and a moo moo there
    Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    I tend to agree with a lot of what tamtam has said. A single level fusion has a very high rate of success for fusion. However, when you get to three and four levels, the rate of non-union gets to a double digit percentage (I've seen varying reports).

    With my first surgery, I was not even given an option of whether to use cadaver or my own bone. It never even crossed my mind. Surgeon just told me he would be using cadaver bone in peek spacers. Well...we finally gave up on fusing, and I had a revision done 2.5 months ago for a non-union (also known as pseudo-arthrosis, simply means the bone didn't fuse to my own bone). You better bet I used my own bone this time around, and since it was a revision, the surgeon added some bmp. Believe me and tamtam, posterior is MUCH harder to recover from than anterior ACDF. My advice would always be to suck it up and endure a little hip pain to save yourself the pain of having to go through the whole thing all over again. But as always, discuss it with your doctor.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • I learn a lot here. I'm grateful I have some place to go to ask questions that are on my mind. I'm not having surgery yet, but I think I'll need multi-levels according to the last N/S I saw. So, I may be going with my own bone. ---Mazy
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