I had a fusion of c6-7 useing donor bone and hardware. I'm doing great. I see that a lot of you folks are afraid of donor bone because of rejection. I did some research and came up with this information. I hope this will help some of you.
, I am a Tissue Recovery Coordinator. Your message was given to me to answer, and here goes. While there is a possibility of rejection when organs are transplanted, there is no possibility of rejection from bone transplants. When bone that has been donated is processed, all blood, fat, and cells have been removed. The bone is processed to act as structural support. The integrity and density of the bone is maintained. A web site that you may find interesting is <A HREF="http://www.mtf.org" TARGET=_blank>www.mtf.org</A> , this web will give you more information on bone transplants and the processes that are involved in making bone ready for transplantation.
To say that there is no possiblility of rejection is much too bold a statement in my opinion. Bone can be reabsorbed leaving just the hardware in some cases. According to some sources I've researched, smokers are better off with donor bone but studies have been done showing better success rates with your own bone. With your cervicle surgery, the doc cut you in two places and you can avoid a lumbar area incision by using donor bone. In my case with a lumbar surgery, only one incision had to be made and I'd rather have my own bone (with my blood, fat and cells)than processed cadaver bone. Also, the website is a business and that's what they do for a living, so each person should do their own research and make their own individual decision before they decide.
Had posterior lumbar interbody fusion at L4/L5/S1 on Jan. 30,'01 with 6 pedicle screws, 2 Steffe plates, 4 Brantigan carbon fiber cages and my own hip graft for spondylolisthesis. Wear leg brace (afo on left leg) for drop foot from nerve damage.
I did not type my message in stone. I simply E-Mailed a question and they E-Mailed an answer.I thought it might help others. I did not present myself as a potential CUSTOMER. I personaly spoke with Three Neuro Surgens and a Pediatric Heart Transplant Surgen, who happens to be my Son's Doctor. I made my decision on the info I received from the four of them. I feel I made a well educated decision. I have had great success. I was home within 20 hours of my cut and by the end of the first week was outside walking a mile a day.
I would hope no one would base such a serious deceison on something I sent in a message board.
I'm kind of Glad the folks do these things for a living. I would hate to have someone cut my throat just for the fun of it. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Have a great day!