I am having surgery on my neck due to herniated disc and spurs from C-3 down to C-7. The doctor said that using my own bone from my hip would really hurt. He also said that any kind of therapy would not help my situation since i have already lost muscle strenght and over time would lose more if surgery is not done. Is cadaver bone safe? He said that it was screened and tested but it still bothers me to think that i would have part of a dead person inside me. Any help would be appreciated with this.
31 Dec 2009
Hi Princess I know how you feel. They were going to take part of my hip bone but they ended up using some of my ulna and part cadavar bone. I know it sounds gross but it works and believe me you will soon forget it Hope this helps Good Luck and let me know when your surgery is I will say special prayers for you Barb
17 Oct 2011
Let me explain the procedure I had on my neck. I have degenerative join/disk disease. The bone in my neck (I am not sure what levels were done, this was about 5 years ago) was deteriorated and the doctor (orthopedic surgeon replaced the diseased bone with cadaver bone. They did not use any bone from my body (I guess that there was not that much bone to replace). Since the operation, I have had minimal problems with my neck. Once in a while my neck gets sore when I am watching TV from my bed and I have my neck at the wrong angle. I wear a soft collar when this happens and this helps. I wear the soft collar for about 1/2 hour or so and then the pain goes away. Nothing else I have used helps my neck when it gets sore from sitting/laying down and looking at the wrong angle. I guess this is due to the pressure put on certain vertebrae that were replaced. No medications, no pain patches, heat or rubs help when the pain bothers me, but wearing this soft collar. The soft collar relieves the pain greatly, so I continue to use it and I recommend this. The collar may be annoying but it works!
When I first had the operation done, I had to wear a hard collar for about two weeks and then switched to a soft collar. The operation was done through my throat through to the back of my neck with minimal discomfort. The discomfort went away when I started wearing the soft collar.
Don't be afraid of a cadaver bone to replace what they need to do. These cadaver bones are volunteered from people who want to give life to those who need it and although it sounds scary, don't be afraid of the gift of life from someone who wants to give you that gift.
Cadaver bone replacement is done for many parts of the body and it does help the living. Your doctor has explained why living bone will not apply in your case, so a cadaver bone appears to be the best option in your situation. Good luck and if your still not sure, do some research to learn more, you will get one good education from what you learn.
P.S., Don't be afraid of a cadaver bone. It may be just what the doctor ordered.
17 Oct 2011
Hi, I had cervical spine fusion in 2006, they used cadavor bone. I am also having yet another in Dec. This time, down to T-1. This surgeon will be using my own bone harvested from my hip and back. The difference is, your own bone has your own living cells making for better and faster healing and fusion, where as cadavor is dead bone and they use sythtic or manmade cells. This is how it was explained to me. Good luck, I hope you find the answers you seek.
A word of advice tho, make an appointment with the pain mgmt. team who will be asigned to you for your surgery prior to your surgery, speak with them in depth about the med's you've been on, what works, what doesn't. Also, have your surgeon write" pain medication to be given as needed."If not, they will try a whole host of meds and will be only given to you on schedule, say every 4 hours or every 6 to 8 hours. At least this is what happened to me. I now know better. God Bless!
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