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  • Avatarmnjody
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    I did get a second opinion, and he did confirm solid fusion a but he also confirmed the bone spurs were not left over from surgery. I’m so confused

    Avatarmnjody
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    Oh and they do compress the cord to “bean shape”

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I am confused too. Bone spurs that are removed and the level fused do not recur without motion in almost all cases. Possibly if a biological agent like BMP is used in the fusion, can I see new spur formation.

    It depends where the spurs are located to determine what compression could occur of the neural elements. If a post-operative scan of your spine was performed and a solid fusion with no spurs were noted and a later scan noted spur formation, that would be highly unusual.

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    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    Avatarmnjody
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    The postoperative MRI dated 12/31/19 showed little to no bone spurs remaining, and the MRI I had in 12/2020 showed large bone spurs. You are telling me the same as the second opinion doctor – this is highly unusual and mentioned the BMP as a possibility as well. I am not sure, the only thing mentioned in notes is:GRFT DBX PTY

    I just want to know how to feel better, and I seem to be confusing everyone.

    Thanks for any thought/suggestions you have to share with me, it’s appreciated.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    “GRFT DBX PTY” is Grafton demineralized bone matrix putty which has only mild ability to cause bone formation. If you did not have BMP utilized, I imagine that maybe some of the “putty” extruded posteriorly and itself caused new bone formation although I have never seen this before. Normally due to Wolfe’s law (bone formation occurs with greater stress and absorbs away with less stress) those spurs should subside somewhat.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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