Bone Growth Stimulation Helps to Overcome Risk Factors to Spinal Fusion

Patients’ Guide to Bone Growth Stimulation

Written by Gerard J. Girasole, MD

Through life, the bones in your body undergo continual change at the cellular level. Change at the cellular level refers to the most basic cellular functions that keep your bones, heart, kidneys and other organ systems healthy. Two types of cells essential to bone growth and strength are osteoclasts and osteoblasts—both are needed to heal and repair bone.

Bone healing is the process necessary for a successful spinal fusion—the end product. However, certain lifestyle choices, diseases, and treatments slow down, disrupt, or stop bone healing. Risk factors that reduce fusion success rates include:

These factors may put you at-risk for a failed fusion. If you have any of the above risk factors, your surgeon may prescribe a bone growth stimulator to aid in the healing of your fusion.

While some disorders can be treated, habits are not easily changed. Be assured your surgeon understands. He or she can help you make lifestyle choices that will benefit you now and during the rest of your life.

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