What is Cervical Spinal fusion
- Cervical Spinal fusion (arthrodesis) is a surgery that joins selected bones in the neck (cervical spine).
- Cervical Spinal fusion can be done through an incision on the front (anterior) or back (posterior) of the neck.
What are the different methods of doing a Cervical Spinal fusion?
- There are different methods of doing a cervical spinal fusion. Some of them are as follows:
- Bone can be taken from elsewhere in your body or obtained from a bone bank (a bone graft). The bone is used to make a bridge between vertebrae that are next to each other (adjacent). This bone graft stimulates the growth of new bone. Man-made (artificial) fusion materials may also be used.
- Metal implants can be used to hold the vertebrae together until new bone grows between them.
- Metal plates can be screwed into the bone, joining adjacent vertebrae.
- An entire vertebra can be removed, and the spine then fused.
What is the Cost of Cervical Spinal fusion?
- Cervical Spinal fusion will cost approx to 6 lakhs
Which doctor to be consulted in case of Cervical Spinal fusion?
1. What to expect after the Cervical Spinal fusion?
- Cervical Spinal fusion usually requires a short stay in the hospital. You may need to wear a brace on your neck (cervical collar) during recovery.
2. Why Cervical Spinal fusion is done?
- Cervical spinal fusion may be done:
- After an injury, to stabilize the neck and prevent a bone fracture from causing instability or damage to the spinal cord, which may result in paralysis.
- To treat conditions such as misalignment of the vertebrae.
- As a follow-up procedure to treat spinal stenosis, a herniated disc, the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, an infection, tumors, or spinal deformities.
3. How well Cervical Spinal fusion works?
- Often cervical spinal fusion is needed to keep the spine stable after injury, infection, or a tumor.
- When symptoms such as numbness or weakness in the arm suggest that a neck problem is causing a pinched nerve (radiculopathy), surgery may help you feel better faster. But it's not clear that surgery is any better than nonsurgical treatment in the long run. And research also suggests that a complex surgery that includes fusion is not better than a simpler surgery to take the pressure off the nerve.
4. What are the risks associated with Cervical Spinal fusion?
- Risks associated with Cervical Spinal fusion are:
- Pain in a bone graft site (donor site).
- Failure of the fusion, breakage of metal implants (if used), or both.
- Blood clots in deep veins.
- Nerve or spinal cord injury.
- Graft rejection.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Risks of general anesthesia.