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Old 02-20-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Any 360 fusion stories

I'm scheduled for the 25th. Any good stories out there? I'm a failed fusion 18 months ago, in constant pain.

 
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Old 02-21-2009, 11:27 AM   #2
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Re: Any 360 fusion stories

Did you have a 360 the first time?

I was at higher risk for non-fusion because I had so many levels done. My surgeon did the 360 method, used BMP and donor bone, and gave me a bone growth stimulator. I was showing bone growth at only 6 weeks post op, and I was fully fused at 6 months. The 360 method has a higher success rate than just going in from either the front or the back alone. The BMP also has a good track record, and the bone growth stimulator, well, it can't hurt!

If you smoke, this would be a good time to quit. I've also read that diet soda can interfere with the fusion process, though I don't know why.

I hope this will be your time! You already know the drill: rest and walk, rest and walk, rest and walk. How are you doing? Hanging in there?

Let us know...
Blessings,
Emily

 
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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Re: Any 360 fusion stories

Emily,
Can you tell me a little more about your first post op days?

 
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