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  1. #11
    Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to need more surgery if the initial surgery was not actually done correctly. I would recommend that you include an orthopedic spine specialist in your group of physicians whom you are seeking opionions from. Their perspective is different (not necessarily better, just different) than the neurosurgeon.

    (KLD)

  2. #12
    Hello.. I went to see my neurosurgeon and we talked about the fusion.. bone graft is in place but did not grow or heal.. surgeon indicated that when I was cut open that there was a lack of blood flow to the area and he feels this is why fusion did not take place...
    Question would a bone stimulater be something worth trying in my case..?

  3. #13
    Hello.. I went to see my neurosurgeon and we talked about the fusion.. bone graft is in place but did not grow or heal.. surgeon indicated that when I was cut open that there was a lack of blood flow to the area and he feels this is why fusion did not take place...
    Question would a bone stimulater be something worth trying in my case..?

  4. #14
    So it's been 9 and half months since revision of insturmentation and no fusion has taken place.. I am using a bone stimulator and a diatomaceous earth to help fusion grow... so far it hasn't happened and I'm essentially left with the same problems I had prior to surgery , which is hinged on the hardware , but now more hardware..
    Everything I do causes pain with t11 and t12 grinding together..
    My only option is and extensive surgery with going through anteriorly taking out till 11 to 12 putting spaces in and caging which is a very long lengthy surgery , which will more then likely I'll loose more sensation or gain more neuropathic pain , no guarantees..
    This would be my 4th spinal cord surgery..
    What a choose to make , grind to vertebrae together for the rest of my life or roll the dice on and extensive surgery. .
    STUMPED .....

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