Cervical spine fusion of the C4-C5 vertebrae fusion to help relieve neck pain
When discussing treatment options for chronic neck pain, a cervical spinal fusion is usually seen as a last resort to achieve lasting pain relief. There are several questions and apprehensions surrounding spinal fusion, especially in the cervical (upper) region of the spine. Traditional cervical spinal fusion usually comes with a certain amount of risk and an increased amount of recovery time. However, at Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional spinal fusion with our minimally invasive stabilization procedures for the cervical spine. If you are considering a spinal fusion to treat your chronic neck pain, we encourage you to research all available surgical options so you can make an informed decision about the best treatment for your needs.
If you have any questions regarding what a cervical spinal fusion involves, please contact the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute today. We are here to help guide you through your possible treatment options and empower you to choose the right treatment for your spine condition.
What is a C4-C5 spinal fusion?
Your cervical spine has seven vertebrae, or individual bones stacked on top of each other. In between each vertebra is a rubbery disc that allows the cervical spine to bend and move. When the disc deteriorates as part of the natural aging process, the vertebrae can become unstable and potentially compress a surrounding nerve, causing you to experience local and/or radiating pain.
During a minimally invasive spinal fusion, or stabilization, of the C4-C5 vertebrae, an unstable disc is removed to decompress the nerve and an implant is inserted to fuse the two vertebrae together to stabilize the spine. The entire procedure is performed through a small incision, usually about 1 inch, at the site of the C4-C5 vertebrae for a C4-C5 spinal fusion. Our minimally invasive cervical fusion is performed as an outpatient procedure in one of our state-of-the-art surgery centers across the country.
What causes C4-C5 deterioration?
In addition to natural aging, there are other risk factors and contributors for spinal degeneration. Some of these factors include poor posture, being overweight, smoking and repetitive bending and twisting. These and other contributors can increase the likelihood that you develop a degenerative spine condition, such as:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal osteoarthritis
- Bone spurs
- Bulging disc
- Herniated disc
- And other conditions
If you have been recommended to undergo C4-C5 cervical fusion surgery, we encourage you to research your available options of treatment and make a decision that best fits your needs.
Laser Spine Institute is pleased to offer a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.