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.
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.
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