Cervical Spinal Fusion
Cervical spinal fusion or arthrodesis is a surgery that joins selected bones, called vertebrae, in the neck to repair various forms of instability, such as fracture or misalignment of the spine or following a discectomy.
There are several techniques to create a cervical spinal fusion. Currently the most common technique is to use metal implants called plates to hold the vertebrae together after a bone graft is implanted between the vertebrae. Metal plates are screwed into the bone to hold adjacent vertebrae together. Typically, a spinal disc and bone spurs pressing on the spinal nerves are removed first and adjacent vertebrae are then fused together.
The goal of surgery is to eliminate pain that is caused by bone spurs or herniated discs pressing on the nerves or eliminate the risk of nerve injury by stabilizing abnormal or damaged vertebrae.
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. Typically, the bone graft is either autograft (taken from the patient's bone) or allograft (taken from donated human) bone.
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.
During a consultation with Triangle Orthopaedics, your surgeon will discuss the best options for you. 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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