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Old 04-10-2010, 02:29 PM   #1
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failed fusion twice at same level?

Hello. I'm coming to the unfortunate conclusion that I think my second fusion surgery at C5-6 has failed. I have a posterior fusion last July after a failed ACDF in January 2008. I am experiencing the very same pain in the very same spot that I did with my last failure. I haven't gotten my CAT scan yet, but I'm not feeling good about it.

Has anyone failed a second time around, even after BMP and using a bone growth stimulator for 3 months? I was feeling pretty good for a few months, but it's slowly getting back to where it was. I have pain in my neck, shoulder, elbow and arm all on the left side.

I put on my Aspen collar the other night and my pain went from about a 9 to a 4 after I wore it for a few hours. That was kind of telling. Is there anything they can do short of ANOTHER surgery?

 
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Re: failed fusion twice at same level?

anyone have a failed fusion after a revision with BMP?

 
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Re: failed fusion twice at same level?

I have had 2 ACDF in the past 18 months at c6-7. Both have failed and the surgeon used BMP the 2nd time around. I am having a 3rd surgery on May 10th. I meet with new surgeon on Friday to discuss methods since insurance has denied BMP this time even though they paid in October. I can feel your pain.
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ACDF C6-7 3/31/2009. Disc herniations and cord impingement at C5-6.

 
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