Re: Failed fusion stories
I had a 2-level fusion (L4/L5-S1) in March 2008 and never fused. I developed a very large cyst (post-op) that was not detected until December 2008. I had x-rays done every 6-8 weeks, but the cyst went undetected. I started experiencing an increase in pain in mid-October and had a CT scan and two MRIs in December. I had the cyst removed, more bone materials inserted into my spine and two additional screws added in a surgical procedure in mid-January (2009).
I am currently almost 6-weeks post-op from that second surgery and will be getting x-rays soon to see if fusion is starting to take place. My dr. inserted more bone material into my spine to give me a greater chance of fusing this time. All in all, I'm feeling much better considering I'm only 6 weeks post-op.
Hope this helps. Good luck with your surgery.