Ohh...I really hope that you are quitting smoking...not just before the surgery..but after as well...My Neurosurgeon won't even perform surgery on a smoker as the risk of non-fusion/failed surgery is almost 95%!
As well as..studies now show that smoking changes chemicals in the brain that make pain medicine less effective and harder to control pain as well as can complicate anesthesia and breathing issues during surgery...The spine institute I go to specialize in this area and do everything in the months before someone's surgery to help them quit for good..
Not to mention how unhealthy and dangerous we know cigarettes are in general with cancer, emphysema..
Ok..not trying to lecture..really...just want the absolute best outcome for you and others who are having/had surgery..To go through all that pain and risk just to have this sugery..you want the possibility of fusion/success at the highest level..
I won't write anymore about
this..promise...LOL...Just my public service announcement for the year...HAHA...
I truly care about
(FYI)..My last fusion was with donor bone AND BMP...Bone Morphegenetic Protein..My Neurosurgeon adds this protein to help the growth and fusion of the bone...it's not used as a replacement for the bone...may be different for others..but the bone is used to replace the disc height/space from the deteriorated bone..cages/plates/screws to keep in place..then the BMP is put into the disc space/into and around the bone to absorb and promote the solidification of the bone..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006