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Old 07-29-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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Question Hip Bone Graft - Post operative Pain

Unfortunately, I had to have a hip bone graft during my Anterior 3 level fusion cervical Fusion (w/instrumentation) on the 17th of July. I have to say if it wasn't for the bone graft I think my recovery would have been much easier. It's almost unbelievable the level of pain I'm feeling with it.

Plus, on Friday in my usual clumsy manner I took a fall in my bathroom. Lucky, I was wearing my neck brace, so I don't think my neck was affected at all, but I came down and my left hip it the side of the bathtub! As if it wasn't hurting already!! I think the reality is since we are braced post surgery it's so less likely to look down and tripping is more easy to happen - at least in my clumsy case (that's the way I justify falling) - LOL!

The next day I felt the whole body soreness a person feels after a fall, but again my neck just felt like the normal healing still going on - which I have to say Anterior is GREAT as far as HEALING goes. But, my hip hurts so dang bad, it sticks out noticeably compared to my right hip and today when I laid down for my nap the aching felt DEEP into the bone.

My Doctor and his PA said I'm likely to feel MORE pain from the bone graft than from the neck and it could go on a long time. But, this is ridiculous!

I had a bone graft with my lumbar fusion (same hip) and I don't recall the pain being THIS bad.

My questions:


- Is it because I had a previous bone graft to that hip the pain is so bad?

- Not that I'm doubting my surgeon - but is normal to take from the hip when it's necessary? I just wish it was my right hip this time.

- How long could I be looking at this level of pain?

- Are their activities/exercises that help with the pain?


Thanks in advance.

-Jo
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:24 AM   #2
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Re: Hip Bone Graft - Post operative Pain

Good Morning Fiona,

I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing so much discomfort.

I really do not know alot about Bone Grafting. I do know that certain things need to go on in the body for bone healing and remodling. It is to detailed for me to explain.
The older we are makes the process different and longer.

I even went back to my Biology AP book to see if there was anything in there about grafting but there was not.

My surgeon would not do a specific type of surgery to my elbow because it would have involved the shaving of bone and he was concerned that I was already having to much pain and would not be able to deal with the shaving of bone.
I think that it is good that you have let him know of the fall and I would just point blank ask him all the questions that you posted on your thread.
Hang in there...I am sending an and a big HUG your way.
Your friend Chrissy

 
Old 07-30-2007, 12:21 PM   #3
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Thanks Chrissy! You're a sweetie! I'm trying to look at it as the glass half full type of thing - I do feel like I'm healing nicely (neck wise) with the anterior approach. But, this hip thing really bums me out. Also, I was told that I would likely NOT need a bone graft (of course I had to sign that I agreed to it because it was a possibility), but it was a slim chance type of thing. I guess they got in there and the NEED was there and it was a lot more complicated surgery than even scheduled and lasted over six hours . The funny thing was they even asked where my previous bone graft was done and I said left and they said they would try and do the bone graft to the right hip. I'm NOT sure what happened with that. LOL! I do have my post-op appointment this Thursday, so I'm sure I'll learn more then. I'm just wondering how long others with bone grafts typically take to heal and what they experience pain level wise.

I just know it hurts. Sorry to complain, I know you're going through your own stuff. Be sure and get that MRI ordered. You need to know exactly what is going on with your neck. I will be thinking about you.

Take care and thanks for your post.

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Old 07-30-2007, 02:41 PM   #4
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Re: Hip Bone Graft - Post operative Pain

hi jo i had bone graft taken from right hip and yes after a couple of days the pain was unreal...i mentioned this to my surgeon his reply was we only tske a small ammount but it is very painful!!! i was told i was having doner bone so woke up and found that didnt happen!!! after a time the pain did not subside so went to another surgeon and he informed me it was probably nerve damage....there is a small nerve that runs in that area into groin...and it could take two years to heal!!!! its over a year now and still i cannot sleep on that side for the pain...occassionaly it eases for a while then seems to come back!!!so all in all yes its painful to have a illiac crest bone graft but nerve damage is quite common...sorry to be bearer of bad news...hopefully it isnt, best of luck with it hope it settles. pauline

 
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Thanks Pauline! I appreciate the information. I was the same, I just didn't expect the bone graft and when I woke up and felt that pain I knew. Geez! I appreciate hearing other people's experiences with hip bone grafts. I know there are times it literally throbs.

I do hope your pain subsides soon.

Thanks again!

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Old 07-30-2007, 03:57 PM   #6
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Re: Hip Bone Graft - Post operative Pain

Hey Chicka!!!

I forgot about all that stuff that Pauline mentioned. When they got to cut or use a tool to get down into your body to the bone they do have to cut and go through all the layers of skin and nervers.

I know that it takes a nerve about one inch a month to regenerate if it is not damaged.
Don't know if that helps any!!

Fiona you can complain about your pain to me any time you want to....
What ever it takes to walk through what you gotta walk through.
I go to the Pain Management part of this website sometimes and chime in over there as well.
Maybe if the pain is going to continue in this fashion that may be an option for you at some point.
Hang in there and we will talk soon...
PS I got the MRI for Thursday so we will have to report to eachother that day about our visits....
Chrissy

 
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Thanks Sweetie!

I will definitely let you all know how my first follow-up appointment goes and you let us know how your MRI goes. I hope you can get a follow-up and referral to a Spinal Specialist. I've noticed in other threads SKZ has given you some great advice about MRI and so forth.

We are all here for you and I appreciate your support as well. Just having the GROUP empathy means SO much.

~ Jo
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:07 AM   #8
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Re: Hip Bone Graft - Post operative Pain

Good Morning Miss Fiona!!!

How are you feeling today???

I hope that you are feeling a bit better today!!!!

Thank you for the support! I appreciate it.

I will come back and smile at you later
Chrissy

 
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