So glad to hear that they are not worried about the sodium and are going forward with the sugery...
I have had 3 cervical fusion ones and they used my own bone (autograft) for the first one but donor bone (allograft) for the last two.
They say there is a very small percentage that it fuses better with your own bone as there is less chance of "rejection". But the downside is it's a separate incision, more infection risk, and some people claim that their hip continues to hurt long after the surgery (years after).
So pluses and minuses and you and your Dr. usually make that determination.
My first surgery...my bone just "disappeared" after a few years...That's why I joke in my signature that I expect to "burp" it back up any day now! LOL
It's not very common, but it happened.....But they don't think it had anything to do with allograft vs. autograft.
I will be praying for you during surgery/recovery. Just be prepared for the pain to be worse before it gets better the first few days/weeks after the surgery. The healing process is quite long for fusions....
So make sure you have lots of movies, tv shows on demand or on your DVR....Books, magazines....things to keep you occupied. And the key is to stay ahead of your pain with medication and let your body REST!!!
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