Cervical Spinal Fusion
Cervical spinal fusion or arthrodesis is a surgery that joins selected bones in the neck. It is typically performed to stabilize the neck and prevent a specific bone from causing instability. In addition, cervical spinal fusion can treat the misalignment of the vertebrae.
If necessary, metal implants are used to hold the vertebrae together after a graft is implanted between the vertebrae. Metal plates can also be screwed into the bone and to adjacent vertebrae together. A spinal disc can also be removed while the adjacent vertebrae are fused.
The goal of surgery is to eliminate pain that is caused by abnormal motion of the vertebrae. By immobilizing faulty vertebrae, motion can be reduced in problem areas, in-turn, reducing pain.
The Cervical Spinal Fusion Procedure
During a cervical spinal fusion surgery, the surgeon first makes an incision so the spine can be seen. A bone graft is used to fuse the two vertebrae together from an autograft.
When the graft material is in place, metal plates, screws, or rods may be used to hold the vertebrae together while the bone graft heals. The spinal fusion process involves techniques that mimic the natural healing process of broken bone. These techniques coupled with expert Orthopaedic surgeons results in better care and recovery time for our patients.
During a consultation with Triangle Orthopaedics, your surgeon will discuss the best options for you to help stabilize the cervical ligament. If you have been suffering with upper neck pain, our team of experts can help. Call Triangle Orthopaedics today at 800-359-3053.
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