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Re: Lumbar spinal fusion using a "cage"
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Re: Lumbar spinal fusion using a "cage"
Posted By CCF NSG MD /gsh on December 29, 1998 at 10:28:38:

In Reply to: Lumbar spinal fusion using a "cage" posted by Jan on December 29, 1998 at 00:23:11:






Will you explain the difference between using a "titanium cage" versus using "bone cadaver cage."  What is most commonly used and why?  And what exactly does a "cage" do?  
Thank you for your time.
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Dear Jan,
A cage is a cylindrical device made usually from titanium to bridge the gap between vertebrae in spinal surgery.  They look like a 'cage' from the side as the metal is formed like a mesh.  The cage is usually packed with bone either from the patient or from a cadaveric donor.  The idea with a cage is to promote a bony fusion between the vertebrae above and the vertebrae below the area of resection.   They may be used in cases of trauma, degenerative disease, infection and tumor, to name a few.
Speak to your surgeon about the reasons for using a cage in your particular case.  Ask questions until you are satisfied you understand what the surgeon wants to do.
Good luck.






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