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Comment : Re: Re: Synthetic Bone Graft
Posted by Douglas on Sat 10:09pm 4 October 2003
I just thought that I would add a note for anyone reading this. I had a bone graft about 5 weeks ago. My Surgeon took bone from my iliac crest (hip at the front). The bone was put into my tibia where I had non-union after 1.3 years.
I used an Exogen bone growth stimulator at the iliac crest for around 2 weeks. After about 3.5 weeks the iliac crest stopped hurting and I just have a scar there now to show for the operation.
I am going to see my Surgeon in 5 days time to get X rays and see if my tibia is healed.
Bone taken from your iliac crest is better than synthetic bone grafts as there is less chance that your body will reject it. The Surgeons do not like taking bone from this are as it causes pain - my Surgeon told me that it would probably be sore for 2-3 months.
I am also taking calcium citrate - one in the morning and one in the evening. If you take calcium it is better to split up what you take into 2-3 doses a day. This is because calcium is released from the bones through out the day in respose to acidic foods etc.
I actually asked my Surgeon for a bone graft as I was sick of him trying other procedures, waiting for a couple of months and then finding that it did not work e.g I had exchange nailing which I am told is 70% sucessfull but did not work for me.