Minimally Invasive Surgery Leads to Better Outcomes
Here at UVNN, our neurosurgeons are experienced in posterior cervical spinal fusion surgery. As pioneers of intraoperative computer-assisted image guidance for cervical spinal fusions, we prioritize minimally invasive practices to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care and recover quickly.
Recognized by US News and World Report for an exemplary patient experience, UVNN is the leading cervical spinal fusion surgery practice. Our team’s passion to stay abreast of cutting-edge practices empowers them with unrivaled expertise in spine care.
What is Posterior Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery?
For those who suffer from chronic pain as a result of trauma or cervical spondylosis, posterior cervical spinal surgery – also known as cervical fusion – is an effective, minimally invasive solution to help ease your discomfort. This procedure uses the latest techniques and technology to fuse together the bones in your neck area for improved stability and reduced nerve compression.
For those struggling with degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, or other spine-related ailments – surgery can be an effective solution. By addressing the deterioration of discs between your vertebrae you may experience a significant reduction in pain and discomfort levels.
Posterior Spinal Fusion Treats Patient Disorders
Symptoms of cervical spine disorders commonly include:
- Pain and / or numbness in the extremities
- Muscle weakness in the arms or legs
- Reduced sensation in hands and feet
- Vision issues (such as double vision)
- Difficulty with swallowing or speaking clearly
- Trouble maintaining coordination
- Urinary Urgency
Causes of Cervical Spine Disorders:
These conditions can cause intense pain and other symptoms such as numbness or loss of sensation in certain areas of the body. If left untreated these issues may lead to more severe medical problems so it is important to see a specialist if you suspect something might be wrong with your spine.
What to Expect During Posterior Spinal Fusion Surgery?
To treat spinal issues, Posterior Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery is a minimally invasive method with a high patient success rate. Your surgeon will eliminate any broken discs or vertebrae as needed before fusing the remaining bones together to bring enduring stability and healing.
Your surgeon may use bone grafts to encourage the fusing of vertebrae during posterior cervical fusion surgery. These grafts will strengthen and support this process over an extended period, ultimately contributing to a successful union of the various vertebrae.
Post Operative Surgical Care
After surgery, our post-operative team will carefully observe patients in the recovery room. Generally speaking, most people can return home on the same day of their surgery.
Once home, it’s essential to follow your physician’s post-operative orders for a successful recovery. This could include physical therapy and other specific exercises that help rebuild the strength in your body after surgery. Don’t forget – full recuperation from cervical spinal discectomy and fusion can take up to several months.
Risks and Complications
Though any kind of surgery involves potential risks, they are minimal and can be avoided with careful adherence to the post-operative care guidelines provided by our compassionate patient care team.
Posterior Spinal Fusion Surgery Risks may Include:
- Nerve damage
- Blood clots
- Chronic pain
- Failed hardware
- Unsuccessful fusion.