Posterior cervical fusion — conditions treated by this procedure
Conditions treated by a posterior cervical fusion are usually severe spine conditions in the cervical (upper) spinal region. Living with one of these conditions can greatly reduce your ability to perform everyday tasks. Something once simple, such as turning your head when driving or working in the yard, can become extremely difficult.
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the impact that pain has on your life, which is why we are dedicated to offering you not only the highest quality service and care, but also comprehensive information to help you make a confident choice about the treatment options available to you. If you have any questions about your condition or the treatment options available, please contact our caring team at any time.
Conditions in the cervical spine
A posterior cervical fusion is used to treat a variety of severe degenerative conditions in the cervical spine, including:
- Instability caused by degeneration
- Spinal deformities
- Severe herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
While more mild forms of these conditions can sometimes be treated with conservative treatment, severe damage in the spine may require surgery. Once your doctor diagnoses the cause of your neck pain, you can begin discussing the treatment options available to you.
Symptoms treated by posterior cervical fusion
The spine conditions that may require posterior cervical fusion can be recognized by some of the following symptoms:
- Radiating pain in arms and hands
- Loss of control of extremities
- Weakness in arms and hands
- Trouble walking or moving at a consistent pace
- Burning sensations
Minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion
For years, severe upper spine conditions required traditional open neck cervical fusion, which involves a large incision, muscle disruption and an overnight hospital stay. Thanks to the development of medical technology and surgical technique, Laser Spine Institute offers patients an outpatient alternative with our minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion.
Performed through a small incision in the back of the neck, our surgeons are able to spread the muscle, avoiding unnecessary cutting and tearing. This muscle-sparing approach provides a shorter recovery time and lower risk of postoperative complications^ compared to traditional open neck fusion.
Once the surgeons reach the spine, the two vertebrae surrounding the damaged piece of the spine will be fused together to add stability and relieve pressure from the pinched nerve.