This medical video looks at the use of spinal putty in spinal injury surgery
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Jennifer Matthews: its exercise time for Sue Lauber-Fleming. A great step forward for a woman who knows what it's like to be in severe pain. Sue Lauber-Fleming: I had sharp shooting pain on the right side, all the way, hot wires down the right side. Jennifer Matthews: Sue had an unstable spine and needed surgery. Dr. Carl Lauryssen: We would remove the bone and ligaments from behind. We then will put in screws to hold the spine in place. Jennifer Matthews: It also means taking bone from the hip to fuse the vertebrae. Despite her pain, sue couldn't bear the thought of the invasive surgery. Sue Lauber-Fleming: And I had scheduled surgery for February of this year, but I felt too terrorized to do it. Then Doctor Carl Lauryssen found another way. Sue Lauber-Fleming: He came dancing in the room, he was so excited. Jennifer Matthews: Instead of bone, he would use putty to fuse her spine. Dr. Carl Lauryssen: There's different steps along the way which eventually results in the formation of bone. And BMP, or bone morphogenetic protein, is one of those steps along the way that encourages the body to produce bone. Jennifer Matthews: Sue had the procedure, and not only did it heal her back, she says her surgery was a healing journey. Sue Lauber-Fleming: Something has opened more within me to receive love and support. Jennifer Matthews: Love and support from her husband, her children, and all her grandchildren. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.