lori_vt Posted May 5, 2015 Share Posted May 5, 2015 I had a laminectomy and fusion of L4-L5 on March 4th. Recovery has been going very well, but I'm still under some pretty strict limitations. I decided to start my third W30 on May 1st, and have been doing fantastic, feeling great. Today, however, I mentioned it to my doctor and was advised that this will inhibit the fusion as I am not consuming any dairy. The calcium is required for a successful fusion. I countered that I'm eating lots - and I mean lots of kale and broccoli, to which the reply was the calcium in plants is not well assimilated for building bone. I got really scared. Obviously I want the fusion to be successful. I will have a 12-week post op visit at the end of May where they take an xray to see how the fusion is progressing. It couldn't be seen on the 4-week post-op visit, not enough time for the fusion to heal. Apparently the bone will continue to "lay down" for 6-12 months, so I am told I'll need additional calcium during this period. Does anyone have legitimate resources for me to explore about the assimilation of calcium from sources other than dairy? I really don't want to take a supplement, but I will if necessary. I'm really kind of bummed now Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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