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back fusion done or was it?

Hello, I have a question maybe someone has ran across this before. I was told by my orthopedic surgeon in march 2011 he was going to do a fusion of my L-4, L-5. It was from a fracture. I had the surgery and I continued to decline with pain in my back and since 2011 I have had spine injections with only short term minor relief. I have had stimulator attempted but it was unsuccessful as well. I went to having pain in my right leg for about eight months after the initial surgery and it plus my back is horrible. I am now seeing a new ortho Dr. and MRI and cut was done and it revealed I have not had a fusion back in 2011. All that was done was brackets placed with rods and screws no bone grafts were placed in the fracture. My current Dr. said absolutely no fusion was performed and he said he could not see that the surgeon that did my surgery basically did nothing for me to heal. Has anyone had this experience before? Any information is greatly appreciated. Good luck to all you guys. Thanks


  • I do not have first hand experience of that but my impression is that bone grafts are not always used. Sometimes the surgeon uses metal implants to hold the two vertebrae together so they will grow together on their own. Like any type of fusion, this is not always successful.
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