Cervical Corpectomy Fusion
Cervical Corpectomy Fusion is a spinal surgery procedure performed on patients with spinal conditions – progressive cervical spinal stenosis and myelopathy.
Anterior cervical corpectomy fusion is only performed by specialized fellowship-trained spine surgeons.
Who Needs Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion?
With age and reduced bone health, many people experience neck pain, which is the cause of a herniated or damaged disc.
Many people who experience neck pain are able to acquire relief from their distress through intensive rehab and therapies.
However, when traditional management hasn’t resolved the pain, experts may recommend cervical artificial disc replacement surgery.
Symptoms of cervical disc degeneration and disease may include:
- Stiffness and pain in the neck.
- Clumsiness or problem with balance.
- Pain that radiates to the shoulders or arms.
- Weakness in the arms, shoulders, hands, or legs.
- Numbness or tingling in the arms.
How Is It Performed?
The surgery is performed after a complete checkup and study of the patient’s history by our spine specialists. The procedure is discussed with the patient. Certain important factors are considered before the procedure is recommended. Factors like age, lifestyle, general health, and anticipated physical activity after the procedure are thoroughly discussed by the specialists.
- Cervical Corpectomy Fusion is performed using general anesthesia. A tube is placed in the patient’s trachea so the patient can breathe throughout the surgery using a ventilator. Our specialist administers preoperative intravenous antibiotics to reduce the threat of infection.
- The neck area where the incision is to be made is thoroughly cleansed with a special cleaning solution. The team at Complete Medical Wellness maintains a bacteria-free environment throughout the procedure.
- The infected or damaged disc is located after carefully pulling away from the tissues and muscles of the neck. The specialist then uses special instruments to remove the arthritic and hypertrophic bone spurs or the whole vertebral body if necessary.
- The size of the empty disc space is measured, and a bone graft is gently tapped into the disc space. Metal plates are used to ensure proper fusion and improve immediate stability.
- x-Rays are used to confirm the desired position and alignment of the graft and plates.
- The total surgery takes approximately 2-3 hours, and patients are able to go home after 4-5 days.
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How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Corpectomy?
- Four to six days after your cervical corpectomy surgery, your surgeon will schedule a follow-up meeting, and check for progress.
- The total recovery period ranges from six to eight weeks.
What Does Corpectomy Mean?
- Corpectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a vertebral body, typically to decompress the spinal cord.
- Corpectomy is used mainly to treat spinal stenosis and cervical myelopathy.
Can You Live a Normal Life After Spinal Fusion?
- Yes, even people who undergo bigger spinal surgeries have a 90% chance of returning to work and stay at work for a long time.
- With a healthy lifestyle and following the rehabilitation course, you can expect to get back to work and ‘get your life back’ as well.
How Long Are You in the Hospital After Neck Surgery?
- Normally you will have to stay for at least two days after your neck surgery at the medical center.
- You can resume light activities after a recovery period of four to six weeks.