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[QUOTE=ukiahvalleymom]Bobi,
Hi, (my fusion is from C7-L4) based on the written report it sounds like the fusion has taken, have you seen a x-ray of that area, initially it is a black area on film, you'll see the machinery, then as the area fuses and bone grows it will turn white and will look solid in that area.

My fusion took a year to be completed and a full 2 years of recovery to build my strength back and get the muscles and nerves back in place.

What time frame of healing did the surgeon give you? Please give your your doctor a call for peace of mind.

wish you and your son the best, uvm[/QUOTE]>>

Thank you so much for your kind words. He only had an MRI this time and not an xray. I have no idea how to read an MRI. The surgeon said that he should begin fusing in 3 months. We'll have a better handle on this on Monday when we go back to him.

Bobi
[QUOTE=YaYa04]It is possible that he was starting to fuse 4 weeks after surgery. Unless the surgeon said otherwise. I started fusing about 6 weeks after my surgery.

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When he was there 6 weeks post op with the xrays, his surgeon said it was too early to tell when I asked him. The xray report now says the same thing it did at 6 week post op. Maybe they don't use the words bone formation. Maybe they only report if it is stable or not not mentioning anyhting about bone formation.

I just thought it might be helpful if I knew if other xrays reports mentioned it.

Bobi
[QUOTE=BobiM] When he was there 6 weeks post op with the xrays, his surgeon said it was too early to tell when I asked him. The xray report now says the same thing it did at 6 week post op. Maybe they don't use the words bone formation. Maybe they only report if it is stable or not not mentioning anyhting about bone formation.

I just thought it might be helpful if I knew if other xrays reports mentioned it.
[/QUOTE] Have you seen the actual x-ray? If you have the area your son had his surgery do you see the screws? if so, do you see much whiteness in the area of the screws? if you do, this is the fusion starting.

I had my surgery February 25th, I got home from the hospital March 5th and had a fall as soon as I got inside the apartment. Told my surgeon about it, he said as long as I wasn't feeling any different kind of pain then normal it's fine. He said to screws hold everything in place and I shouldn't have a problem. I went for a five to six hour long car drive with my boyfriend on April 15th to visit his family, stopping a couple of times to get out and walk. I was so amazed at how fast my (4 1/2 inch) incision healed and I didn't put a thing on it to speed it up. The body is an incredible machine and heals itself so well at times.





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