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A question about cervical surgery & lucency
I had an ACDF Valentine's Day.

Had my first x-ray yesterday.

I received the written report today and I have a question about it.
The report reads:

There is an anterior plate with screws present at each level.

There is a bone plug within the disc space. There is persistent lucency between the bone plug and the adjacent vertebral endplates.
My question is what is lucency and is this normal following cervical surgery?

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Have a good day.
Lucency here usually means darkness, no bone seen.
You had grafted bone and it's still early in recovery. I would imagine that new bone has yet to grow around the screws and plates. I don't know how normal this is 5 weeks post operative. Something to ask your surgeon next week.

People heal at different rates, this may be perfectly normal.
Take care,

It means that the x-ray showed a space between the bone plug and the vertebrea. Which means that the bone marrow has not yet fused to the upper and lower vertebrea. It is nothing to worry about. I recall on my 6 month follow up, looking at the films of my spine and talking to the dr.. He pointed out that the bone marrow had not fused yet, but it was growing, I was able to see that thier was a very small space between the marrow and the vertebraes.

8-05, Micro laminectomy/disectomy. 10-05 lumbar fusion L5-S1. 2-07 exploritory surgery. 12-07 medical implant, Spinal Cord Stimulator. now receiving SSDI. After going back to school, I received my degree as a mechanical engineer. What can I say, it was the only way I had to beat the system. 
Thanks Bodybuilder & AQA, makes me feel a little better.

I did find one forum where the patient said there was lucency on her films at 3 months but at 9 months it wasn't there.

I am very fortunate to have a neurosurgeon who I trust and will ask him this question.
Bummer I remember with my first and second the surgeon said it can take up to a year to tell for sure on these surgreys
Cervical Fusion 2003, c5-c6. Herniated and damaged Disc L1- L4-L5 S1. Lumbar Spinal Cord stimulator implant 09-2008. Cervical ACDF revision with hardware c4-c5-c6-c7 Sept 2009.

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