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What helps bone growth after cervical spine surgery with instrumentation (rods and screws)?

Started by equalgoodhealing on 04/24/2010 8:49pm

Had surgery seven weeks ago. Not much, if any bone growth since. Does starting menopause effect bone growth?

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Hi equal, I'm not sure about the menopausal issue however what I do know from personal experience, is at my 7 week post op appt (I had fusion surgery with instrumentation @ l5/s1 feb 22nd) I was not yet fusing either. My docter told me not to worry, that at my next appt in 6 weeks, we should begin to see fusion happening. I don't know if bone growth is different for cervical fusions vs lumbar fusions but good luck and keep me posted:)

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Thanks for your feedback. I will keep you posted. I wonder if my surgeon appears disappointed in my healing because he doesn't want me to go back to smoking tobacco.

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I use a bone simulater i use it a half a hour every morning im 78% fused its been 7months now.the bad part about it was my insurance didnt pay all of the 6,000 bucks it costs

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hi equal has your surgeon got you a bone growth simulator yet. thats what really makes the fusion work. Im at around 80% now.

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Have had one cervical fusion, getting ready to have C1-T2 anterior and posterior surgery. Also have from the waist down fused with metal cage, bars, screws etc. I was younger when I had the cervical fusion and no problems with the fusion. When I had the lumbar surgery, I was in my late 50's and it took a year or longer for it to fuse. I don't know for sure but I do think menopause has an effect on your bones....but hopefully you've had bone density scans. Also, my vitamin D level was low, so now I take that on a regular basis (prescription strength); this also affects your bones. My surgeon told me that sometimes it takes longer to fuse and not to worry...

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Smoking (and yes I have that issue) is the worst thing you can do for bone growth. Lovely, just another battle to take on!

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I'd like info on that too equalgoodhealing, I'm having a fusion, (C6-7) next week. It's a bit concerning when I'm now losing bone at such a rapid rate due to the onset of menopause. I'm a smoker too...(my poor family, me "menopausing" , quitting smoking and having surgery)... Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound.
I'm gonna go look up bone growth and menopause right now.
I'l let you know what I find, if anything.

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well I searched and found...( drum-roll please)...NOTHING. It seems logical that menopause would effect the fusion, I will be asking the surgeon on Friday.
I was I was 43 when I had a 2 level A.L.I.F. and was told that my age had a lot to do with the degree of success. I'm closing in on 50 now and it does worry me that I'm losing more bone at this age. I'll let you know what the Dr. says.
Janet

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