Cervical FusionCervical Spinal Fusion

Cervical spinal fusion surgery, also known as arthrodesis, connects selected bones in the neck / cervical spine. Cervical fusion is normally successful in relieving symptoms like disabling upper back pain or numbness in the upper extremities.

Cervical Fusion is used to treat conditions within the cervical spine. Such conditions can include:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Vertebral misalignment
  • Spinal deformities
  • Upper back pain
  • Spinal injury, e.g. bone fracture

The Procedure

There are a number of methods and techniques for performing a cervical fusion, including:

  • Bone Graft. This technique uses bone harvested from another portion of your body or ordered from a bone bank. This bone is grafted onto the vertebrae to create a bridge and stimulate the growth of new bone.
  • Metal implants or metal plates. Implants or plates can be used to join and hold the vertebra together until new bone grows between the vertebrae.

Cervical Fusion Surgical Access

Traditional procedures are often performed through an incision on the front of the neck (anterior). Newer procedures are often performed through an incision on the back of the neck (posterior) so as to better hide the scar. Many patients prefer to avoid a scar on the front of the neck as it can be highly visible when interacting with others.

Cervical Fusion Recovery

A cervical fusion surgery may require a short stay in a hospital, i.e. inpatient procedure. However, some newer techniques can be performed on an outpatient basis and allow patients to recover at home. Patient may be advised to wear a cervical collar (brace) on their neck while they heal.

Advantages of a Minimally-Invasive Cervical Fusion Surgery can include:

  • Outpatient procedure (No hospital stay)
  • Small incision
  • Preserves muscle
  • Less scarring
  • Up and walking just hours after surgery
  • Lower risk of infection

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