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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How long will it take to recover from a bone graft?

    I am having a bone graft on my pelvis to help the other side of my pelvis to heal after a osteo scarcoma was removed; I have read (on a web site mediplus I think) that the place where the bone graft was taken, even after 12 months, one person said is still very painful, this is very concerning to me as I am already in a lot of pain.

    Can a bone graft make your bones weak? how long does it take to feel normal? the doctor will have to cut me at the front and then flip me over and cut me at the back; will I be able to sit after this? do you have any further information that would be helpful to me; Thanks
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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    Recovery time depends on the injury or defect being treated and the size of the bone graft. Your recovery may take 2 weeks to 3 months. The bone graft itself will take up to 3 months or longer to heal.Vigorous exercise may be restricted for up to 6 months.

    A fully unified bone graft will be as strong as the original bone, however I am not up to date on bone grafts in oncology, these results may differ as a result.

    I think these best questions will be answered by your oncologist/surgeon. They would be more than happy to answer any questions or reservations you have.

    All the best in your recover,

    Yours sincerely,

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