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Posted by Tweak on October 18, 2000 at 14:30:03:

Here's my question for today: From what I gather, when they do a fusion, the disc is removed and replaced with either a piece of bone removed from one's hip (?), or from a bone bank (cadaver?). Are there any man made options (such as materials used to construct new hips, etc.)? From what I understand, the hip thing can be the most painful part of the whole procdure. Aren't there any "state of the art" procedures out there worth considering by now? The "cage" thing is new to me. When my wife had her neck fused, they used a rigid metal structure, screwed to the spine, with hip segments inserted. She had severe hip pain, and since I have no pain threshold to begin with, and very little backbone to start with, hell, any that they cut out is bound to cause problems. Any suggestions? Peace to all, Tweak.

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