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    Hi everyone.

    I really appreciated the support when I had my spinal fusion surgery and unfortunately it looks like I could use some more help. Apparently I'm in that lucky five percent, the graft just isn't fusing correctly. My surgeon is recommending I continue my Physical Therapy and that I use a Bone Growth Stimulator. And if that doesn't work we're looking at another surgery, this time through the back of my neck.

    I was wondering if anyone here had any experience with this.

    Thanks again everyone.
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    SSgt...
    Sorry to hear about the complications...haven't experienced it myself--good luck...keep us posted.
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    No personal experience here, but just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you, and hope it turns around for you.
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    No experience, but sure sorry to hear your procedure didn't take.
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    SSGT,

    Here are my blessings upon you. I pray for your healing.

    Good luck.
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    Man, sorry to hear about that; In February of 2008, I took a spill on a motorcycle and found out that I had a teardrop fracture on C-5, and a bulging disk between C-5&6. They did a fusion, and everything went fine, the doc released me totally on My 5th of tis year. I have no pain whatsoever, and just some small loss of mobility in my neck.

    Have you considered consulting a private neurosurgeon? I know I read your other post which said you were in the military, but the surgeons in the private sector may be of more help than the military ones. I know the guy that worked on me came very highly recommended. This is a link to the guy that worked on me if you want to get in contact. He is the professor of neurosurgery there at UTHSC. I was told that he was one of the top surgeons in the country, and is a rising star in the neurosurgery community (whatever that means); all I know is I am in no pain whatsoever and thankful as all get out for it....

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    Thanks everyone, I appreciate all of the concern.

    Actually edr9x23super I'm seeing a private surgeon, one who actually came well recommended. When Luke lost our hospital a few years ago they cut many of the specialized medical services. Now if you need something that can't be taken care of at sick call they pretty much send you downtown.
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    Don't get addicted to the pain killers. Good luck, the 3 people I know who went thru it... 1 turned out great, 1 is still having issues after a long time, and the other died during the procedure.

    Be sure your Doc is well respected in this field and knows what he's doing.

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    SSgt. Lickey:
    I can't say that I know anything about the treatment being recommended, but I just wanted to toss in my best wishes here. I, too, have some spine-related problems (degeneratice disc disease), and I know they're no fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A1C Lickey View Post
    Hi everyone.

    I really appreciated the support when I had my spinal fusion surgery and unfortunately it looks like I could use some more help. Apparently I'm in that lucky five percent, the graft just isn't fusing correctly. My surgeon is recommending I continue my Physical Therapy and that I use a Bone Growth Stimulator. And if that doesn't work we're looking at another surgery, this time through the back of my neck.

    I was wondering if anyone here had any experience with this.

    Thanks again everyone.
    A lady in our church had to go through this exact treatment. She wore the Bone Growth Stimulator for 6 months and it seemed to help. She's around 80 and had some other infection issues after the fusion surgery and she will has pain but lives with it. Overall, she is improved and gets around (which sure beats being bed/chair-ridden).

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    I have had 2 spinal fusions for my lower back. The first was to fuse L5/S1 thru L4/L5. The disc above was bad, so 1.5 years later this was added to the fusion. I have been classed as a fail back patient. My downtime was from Oct 2001 thru Feb 2008. It eventually got much better when I decided to go cold turkey from all the meds that they had me on. Also, going very light on exercise was a big help. I bought an exercise setup that is from Bayou Fitness that is a clone of the Total Gym... just better made. This has helped me to work out my back and the rest of me as well, without putting too much strain on that sensitive lower section. I have been drug free for well over a year and only occasionally have a bad day.

    I had a friend of mine who had the neck surgery. His vocal box was shifted during the surgery and he did not talk his normal self for about 5 months afterwards. He is doing fine now, and says he would do it again. Just be careful when you are choosing your physician, as you want one who does this solely and has many operations under his/her belt.

    Good luck.

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    Sorry to hear about your neck A1C Lickey,
    I certainly can sympathize with you.I had my neck fusion done 9 years ago because I lost the use of my right arm.The surgery gave me the use of my arm
    back but I've been in pain ever since! What the butchers don't tell you is they
    don't operate to reduce pain,the longer you have the pain the less odds you are going to have a positive outcome in any procedure you have.Ifallen into adjacent disk syndrome which 25% of fusion patients fall into.Fusion is not a good idea;Europe has been using artificial disks instead of fusion with excellent
    results,this saves disks above and below bad disk.Good luck on your journey and I strongly suggest you educate yourself on this subject because the doctors will spend 12-15 minutes with you. Specialist you'll get 30 minutes.

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    Ssgt: no, but I'll continue to send healing thoughts for a speedy, proper recovery your way, and keep you in my prayers.
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    Sorry to hear about your situation...things WILL get better, just hang in there.
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    Probably no consolation, but things could be a lot worse...at least you know the options, and things should improve.
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    Prayers sent for a speedy recovery

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