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3 weeks removed from 5th surgery cage fusion question

good day folks 

i just had to have a fusion at t-12/l-1 and a laminectomy at t-11/12 site of a current fusion. 
I haven't dealt with cages before and would like to hear from someone who's got them.

I've got a brace to try to keep me standing more upright but don't know it's that effective.
i had a bone graft from my hip. 
How long should I expect before the fusion starts to take hold??
i also had rods put in, has anyone had clicking and popping noises?? I was told it was normal.

Every vertebrae from T-8 through L2 has either been broken, fused or has been screwed. 
09/15/85 f/x t8 thru t-11, fusion at t-9/t-10, 1 1/2" bruse on cord, 

04/20/07 failed removal of Harrington rods, fusion at T-11/T-12

02/14/11 fusion at t-12/1-1, lamy at L-1/L-2,  protrusion at L5/S-1

11/28/16 3 level fusion(revision fusion t-11/t-12) laminectomy T-12/l1 rods placed from t-11 through l/2

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