Discectomy and Cervical Fusion

Advanced Spinal Treatments for Neck and Disc Conditions

What is Discectomy and Cervical Fusion?

Discectomy and cervical fusion is a surgical procedure that involves removing a damaged disc in the neck and fusing two or more vertebrae together to stabilize the spine. It is a surgery that can be performed using minimally invasive or open surgery techniques.

How long does the procedure usually take?

The procedure typically takes two to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery and the technique used.

When is it recommended to have this type of surgery?

This procedure is typically recommended for patients who have a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck that is causing severe pain, weakness, and numbness that has not responded to nonsurgical treatments.

What happens during the surgery?

During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the front of the neck and removes the damaged disc. They may also remove any bone spurs or other tissue that is putting pressure on the nerves. The surgeon then fuses the vertebrae together using metal plates, screws, and bone grafts.

What do you need to do before the procedure?

Before the procedure, the patient will undergo a series of tests to assess their overall health, including blood tests, imaging tests, and an electrocardiogram. The patient will also be asked to stop smoking and stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, in the days leading up to the procedure. Fasting of 8 hours will also be required prior to the surgery.

What should you do after Discectomy and Cervical Fusion?

It is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions carefully after the procedure. This may include physical therapy, wearing a brace, and avoiding certain activities for a period of time.

What are the post-procedural recommendations?

After the surgery, the patient will be closely monitored in the hospital for a few days. They will be given pain medication and may need to wear a brace to support their neck. The patient will also be given instructions on how to care for the incision site and when to resume normal activities.

What are the possible complications, and how likely are they to occur?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with discectomy and cervical fusion, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and problems with the bone graft. However, the risks are relatively low, with complications occurring in less than 5% of cases.

How long will you need to stay in the hospital?

Most patients are able to go home from the hospital within 1-3 days of the surgical procedure, depending on their overall health and the extent of the surgery.

How long will it take to fully recover after the procedure?

Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the surgery and the patient’s overall health. In general, most patients are able to return to normal activities within six to twelve weeks after the procedure.

In conclusion, Discectomy and Cervical Fusion is an effective surgical option for patients suffering from severe neck pain and numbness due to a damaged disc. While there are risks associated with the procedure, the benefits can be life-changing for those who have experienced chronic pain and limited mobility. If you are considering this procedure, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor to determine if it is the right option for you.

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