If the surgeon used your own bone (autograft), you might be fused by now. If he or she used allograft (donor bone), the fusion may take another 5 weeks to unite. If a plastic cage was used (PEEK cage) it might take as long as six months to unite. The plate will help keep the graft stable until fusion.
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.