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Help! Fusion surgery vs bone graft!

Started by Lisalyn70 on 12/07/2010 1:54pm

In 2008 I had a artificial disc replacement that failed miserably! If there is anyone looking to have his done, DON'T! Anyways on Oct 22 of this year I had to a fusion on L4-L5. The artificial disc had destroyed my fact joint, shattered . My doctor was always surprised that I mad every doctor appointment on my own two feel. So. They sugery went well except my insurance would not pay for anything but the use of my own bone. So my surgeon tool a bone graft from my right pelvic area. Two surgeries for the price of one :). I was doing really well. My back seemed to barely hurt. I had more trouble with the bone graft site. Well, on November 25, my husband had to rush me to the ER. I had a lot of oozing and puss coming out of the incision site. There was a hole about the size of a pencil in my back. The ER doctor said I had to be admitted for another surgery to clean out the site. I was actually more frieghtened with this surgery than the first one. Before the second surgery, they did a CT scan to see the infection. When the doctor walking into my room, I knew something was wrong. He started off 'the good news is' the infection had not reached my spine. The bad news, we found that the area they used for the bone graft has fractured. I was shock! I had the second surgery and they seem to have gotten all the infection. My question is more about the bone graft. Has anyone had this happen to them? I really don't know what to do. My incision is a little over a week out and doing great. But I am in so much pain from the hip, which locks on my all the time. I have a hard time functioning in daily life because of the pain. Do I need to see another doctor for the hip? With this fix itself or will it need a Doctor's help! I would really appreciate any comment or info to help me going in the
Right directions! Thanks for listening

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