Just FYI for the technical terms...
Allograft means from a donor bone/tissue.
Autograft means from your own bone/tissue.
I think someone accidentally reversed the terms. So Scorpio...your Dr. is wanting to use donor bone for this particular surgery.
Did they use your own bone for the cervical one? And wow....I have never heard of someone getting a 5 level cervical fusion....Were you in an accident that caused this and they did emergency surgery? So what levels are you fused?
That is absolutely amazing that you have recovered so well from that one...This new surgery should be a piece of cake! LOL....
There are studies on both allograft vs. autograft and yes, the percentage is a bit higher for using one's own bone for the fusion as any time there is a foreign body that is used in a surgery....everything from a fusion to transplants of heart, liver, etc....There is always a chance of the body rejecting it...
I've had 3 cervical fusion surgeries and the first one was autograft (using my hip bone) but without any instrumentation (no cage/plates/screws) and the last two were allograft with instrumentation. I was very lucky to not have any trouble with my hip and having any lingering pain. The only time it bothers me is if my dog steps on me while jumping on the bed...lol.....
And I had a fairly rare occurrence after my first surgery that after a few years....my body reabsorbed the bone into my body...It just disappeared/disinegrated. So the levels collapsed again.
The second surgery was a terrible mess and was in excruciating pain from the moment I woke up...
The third one was done by both anterior and posterior approach and now all shored up with plenty of titanium. Still have residual chronic pain but the surgery itself is a success in that it releived the pressure off the nerves.
As mentioned and as you know....each person heals differently and you will just have to take it one day at a time. And as I wrote to Rose on another thread....the key is that when you have the good days...to not do too much to make the bad days even worse.
It's all about
baby steps....literally! LOL...But I think you are going to do just fine since you have already been through a HUGE surgery on your neck...And as you mention...you are going to follow the Dr.'s orders to a T.
We will be praying for you~
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) Oct 2006