Cervical Spine Surgery
The Cervical Spine is nothing but a Neck Region and it consists of seven bones ranging from C1 to C7 vertebrae. These seven bones are separated from one another by Intervertebral Discs. The major functions of Cervical Spine are to protect the spinal cord, to move spine and to support the skull. Cervical Spine Surgery is mainly performed by the experienced Orthopedic Surgeon, Spine Surgeon or Neurosurgeon. Today, most of the Cervical Spine surgeries are performed by using minimally invasive techniques.
Cervical Spine Surgery is primarily performed to treat various Spinal Neck problems. Generally, surgery is performed for degenerative disorders, trauma or instability because these conditions produce more pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerves coming from the spine.
Benefits of Cervical Spine Surgery
Cervical Spine Surgery is very effective to cure numerous mild to severe Neck diseases. Cervical Spine Surgery has various benefits including:
- Relieving Neck Pain
- Providing relief from Numbness or Weakness in the Neck
- Comforting sensation of Tingling in the Neck
- Restoring the Nerve Functions
- Stopping or Preventing Abnormal Motion in the Neck
Conditions are Treated with Cervical Spine Surgery
Cervical Spine Surgery is used to treat various conditions such as:
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Diseases are mostly found in older age people because of breaking down or deterioration of one or more disc between the vertebrae. This degeneration causes extreme pain, numbness, tingling and weakness.
Cervical Spine Surgery is very useful for patients who are suffering from deformity in their cervical spine such as Hyperlordosis or Swan Neck deformity. In this condition, surgery helps to straighten and stabilize the spine. Some injuries can cause fracture or dislocation of the cervical vertebra. In a severe injury, the spinal cord also gets damaged. In such situation, Spine Surgeon performs cervical spine surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and stabilize the spine.
Types of Cervical Spine Surgery Most common types of Cervical Spine Surgery include:
• Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (ACDF)
Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (ACDF) is one of the most effective types of Cervical Spine Surgery which is used to remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck. ACDF surgery is mainly performed if physical therapy or medications are failed to relieve neck or arm pain caused by pinched nerve.
Arthroplasty (Artificial Disc Replacement)
Artificial Disc Replacement is also known as Arthroplasty. It involves the replacement of a damaged spinal disc with an artificial disc which is designed to support the vertebrae.
A Cervical Laminectomy is a surgical procedure performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve by widening the spinal canal. During a Cervical Laminectomy, a small section of the bony roof of the spine is removed to create more space for the nerves.
Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy is a surgery performed to remove bone or portions of a herniated disc to relieve neck and arm pain.
Spinal Fusion is a surgical procedure which is used to correct problems with the small bones in the spine. Spinal Fusion surgery is mainly performed to combine together two or more vertebrae. In this way, Spinal Fusion surgery helps to eliminate painful motion or to restore stability of the spine.