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    Healing after fusion

    What are the best supplements (if any) should be used for fusion healing I.E.: calcium

    I've either broken every vertebra, had a fusion done or had screws(hardware)from T-8 down to L-2.
    On 11/28/16 laminectomy L-2/L-3, 3 level fusion(revision fusion T-12/L-1) rods placed from T-11 through L-1 approx. 6 screws
    02/14/11 lamy at L-1/L-2, foraminotomy at L-3/L-4 , protrusion at L5/S-1
    04/20/07 failed removal of Harrington rods left with permanent nerve damage
    09/15/85 f/x t8 thru t-11, fusion at t-9/t-10, 1 1/2" bruse on cord

    #2
    Eating a good balanced diet is most important. Protein is especially important. Are you lactose intolerant? If not, then dairy products are better sources of both protein and calcium than any supplement. Greek yogurt, skim milk, low fat cottage cheese, etc. are excellent sources of both. In addition, plenty of fruits and vegetables to be sure you are getting vitamins and minerals important for bone healing should be included. You may want to have your vitamin D levels checked, and if low, take a vitamin D supplement though. It is hard to keep your vitamin D levels up during the winter, and vitamin D is very important when trying to build and maintain bone structure.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      Thank you very much.
      my prior fusions were done at a different hospital using a FDA approved synthetic material.

      keep up the great work you do

      I've either broken every vertebra, had a fusion done or had screws(hardware)from T-8 down to L-2.
      On 11/28/16 laminectomy L-2/L-3, 3 level fusion(revision fusion T-12/L-1) rods placed from T-11 through L-1 approx. 6 screws
      02/14/11 lamy at L-1/L-2, foraminotomy at L-3/L-4 , protrusion at L5/S-1
      04/20/07 failed removal of Harrington rods left with permanent nerve damage
      09/15/85 f/x t8 thru t-11, fusion at t-9/t-10, 1 1/2" bruse on cord

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        #4
        I found myself craving peanut butter like crazy post fusion. I also took more B vitamins in addition to SCI-Nurse's suggestions above. For some reason I battled anemia after fusion, I'm guessing it was due to a change in my eating habits (cervical fusion, swallowing was affected for a few months) I just wasn't getting enough iron. If you feel totally run down while recuperating that might be a culprit.
        CCS/Walker C6...it's a long story

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          #5
          Thanks for your reply
          i had a replacement fusion and this time they used bone from my hip.
          SCI nurse gave a pretty complete run down of the proper foods

          I've either broken every vertebra, had a fusion done or had screws(hardware)from T-8 down to L-2.
          On 11/28/16 laminectomy L-2/L-3, 3 level fusion(revision fusion T-12/L-1) rods placed from T-11 through L-1 approx. 6 screws
          02/14/11 lamy at L-1/L-2, foraminotomy at L-3/L-4 , protrusion at L5/S-1
          04/20/07 failed removal of Harrington rods left with permanent nerve damage
          09/15/85 f/x t8 thru t-11, fusion at t-9/t-10, 1 1/2" bruse on cord

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