Neck fusion surgery, also referred to as cervical spinal fusion, is a surgical procedure designed to provide relief from chronic neck pain and enhance patient mobility. Neck fusion surgery involves joining two or more vertebrae in the neck to form a single, solid bone and is particularly beneficial for patients who experience debilitating pain from conditions like degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal fractures, or traumatic injury.
Individuals experiencing persistent neck pain that hampers their daily activities, reduces their quality of life, or impacts their range of motion may be surgical candidates.
Minimally Invasive Neck Fusion Surgery
At UVNN, we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible care. Our surgeons have been named among New Hampshire’s Top Doctors and our practice has received perfect scores in overall patient care.
Our minimally invasive surgical techniques offer several advantages, such as smaller incisions, reduced damage to surrounding tissues, shorter hospital stays, and faster return to normal daily activities compared to traditional open surgery.
While it is impossible to completely eliminate all risks associated with neck fusion surgery, there are steps you can take to minimize them. Here are some strategies to help ensure a successful surgery and speedy recovery.
- Choose a Skilled Surgeon: Selecting an experienced and board-certified surgeon who specializes in neck fusion surgery is crucial. Research their credentials, expertise, and success rates. A skilled surgeon can significantly minimize the risks and complications associated with the procedure.
- Communicate Openly: Be transparent with your surgeon about your medical history, pre-existing conditions, medications, and any concerns you may have. Open communication allows the surgeon to tailor the procedure to your specific needs and mitigate risk.
- Preoperative Evaluation: Undergo a thorough preoperative evaluation to assess your overall health and identify any underlying medical conditions that may increase the risks associated with surgery. This evaluation may include blood tests, imaging scans, and other diagnostic assessments.
- Follow Preoperative Guidelines: Adhere to the preoperative instructions provided by your surgeon. These guidelines may include fasting before surgery, avoiding certain medications that can interfere with the procedure, and following any necessary lifestyle modifications.
- Stop Smoking: If you smoke, it is highly recommended to quit smoking before undergoing neck fusion surgery. Smoking can impair your body’s ability to heal and increase the risk of complications during and after surgery.
- Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Prioritize a healthy lifestyle leading up to the surgery. This includes eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients to support your body’s healing process, staying hydrated, and engaging in regular exercise within the limitations set by your healthcare provider.
- Postoperative Care: Strictly adhere to the postoperative care instructions provided by your surgeon. This includes taking prescribed medications as directed, attending follow-up appointments, and following restrictions on activities or movements to promote proper healing.
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: Participate in physical therapy and rehabilitation programs as recommended by your healthcare provider. These programs can help restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion in your neck while minimizing the risk of complications.
- Report Any Concerning Symptoms: After surgery, closely monitor your recovery and promptly report any unusual or concerning symptoms, such as excessive pain, swelling, infection signs, or complications with wound healing, to your healthcare provider.
Remember, each individual’s case is unique, and it’s important to consult with your surgeon or healthcare provider for trusted advice and guidance. By following their recommendations and actively participating in your own recovery, you can optimize the chances of a successful outcome.